During our semi-annual pilgrimage to the Skagit Valley Tulip Festival, we passed by a sign that said “Wine Tasting.” Of course, we immediately turned around to find the source of the grapes and discovered Tulip Valley Winery.
Pulling up to an old barn, there were vines to our right, and views of Mountain Baker *should have* been behind the barn, but we happen to visit on a typical Pacific Northwest spring day (aka, cloudy and misty). Shanna greeted us in the tasting room, where we sampled a variety of wines including a dry Tempranillo Rose. During the annual Tulip Festival, the winery hosts an art show featuring a variety of local artists and we browsed while sipping our wine. They also offer a selection of reputable ciders including Burro Loco Cider, which took best in show in the World Cider Competition in 2007.
Tulip Valley Winery is local family owned and operated winery with grapes sourced from the Columbia Valley, and the wines (and ciders!) made on site. Our wine host, Shanna, wife of the co-owner Ector DeLeon, is the tasting room manager, and a warm and friendly host.
Of course during the time of year we visited, tulips adorned the tasting room and grounds. With nice views and well-decorated grounds, this would be a lovely event space and is a nice stop while in the Skagit Valley!
Tulip Valley Winery
16163 State route 536
Mount Vernon, WA 98273
Open Weekends 11:30-5:30, call for latest