We want you to make a date with the friendliest wine region in the state! Check out the great events we have planned this year. Learn a few tips on having the best wine tasting experience on the Rattlesnake Hills Wine Trail.
Join us in January for deep discounts, delicious wines and terrific company. Many wineries in the area are closed for the winter, but you can still enjoy yourself in the Rattlesnake Hills. Learn More
Celebrate Valentine’s Day in the Rattlesnake Hills AVA for the perfect date. What could be better than Red Wine and Chocolate for your sweetheart? Each of our 11 member wineries will pair chocolate confections with premier red wines for your sipping pleasure. Join in the fun with this unique tasting experience. There is no cost to attend this event; some wineries charge a small tasting fee. Learn More
We invite all tourists and fans of the wineries in the Rattlesnake Hills to join us at Bonair Winer on St Paddy’s Day, March 17, for the official CHASING OUT THE SNAKES day. The ceremony is at 2:00 pm sharp- in front of the chapel. Father Gail will banish all Rattlesnakes from the area to make sure our valued friends an customers never have to worry- remember our motto: No snakes, Just great wines! In Celebration of our Appellation anniversary (The Rattlesnake Hills of Yakima Valley), all the member wineries will be open and pouring our best wines.
Join the fun in the Rattlesnake Hills as we celebrate SPRING! Member wineries find premium wine barrels and pull them down from their barrel racks with the excitement of sharing the contents with you. This weekend is for those who like the experience of barrel tasting, but want a more intimate environment. There is no cost to attend this event; some wineries charge a small tasting fee. Learn More
Spring barrel tasting is celebrated throughout the entire Yakima Valley this weekend. Music, food, sunshine, wine and FUN are had by all. This celebration of wine straight from the barrel is your sneak peak of what is to come from each winery as they bottle that vintage of wine. Enjoy each sample, savor your time with friends and enjoy what our diverse valley has to offer. A wine glass is required (may be purchased at your first stop). Some wineries charge a small tasting fee. Learn More
Join us for our first Hounds and Harvest. Bring your dog(s) to wine country, relax and enjoy a weekend away AND support one of our local dog rescues, Res-Q- Angels. Participating wineries in the Rattlesnake Hills will have obstacles, toys, games and more for your very loved 4-legged friend and wineries will have...well of course WINE! Learn More
Experience the Rattlesnake Hills Wine Trail during the spectacle of harvest. Join winemakers and growers as you tour vineyards, pick grapes, stomp in vats and wine and dine all weekend long. There is no charge for this event; some wineries may charge a small tasting fee. Learn More
Join the wineries in the Rattlesnake Hills to celebrate the Halloween at the Annual Hallowine event. HalloWine is a themed weekend in the Rattlesnake Hills where participating wineries 'dress' their tasting rooms in Halloween motif. Pumpkin-carving contests, Costume contests, treats and special discounts on wine! Learn More
Wineries in the Rattlesnake Hills will be pouring a selection of fine wines, easy to share with family and friends over the holiday season. This weekend you can also enjoy food and wine pairings at each of our participating wineries. There is no charge for this event; some wineries may charge a small tasting fee. Learn More
Some tips on how to have the best wine tasting experience on the Rattlesnake Hills Wine Trail:
Stop at the first Rattlesnake Hills winery in the Yakima Valley, depending on the direction, and pick up a brochure/map to help you get around. If you are coming from the west, stop at Bonair Winery off of exit 50. If you are coming from the east, stop at Horizon's Edge, following the signs from exit 63.
Plan to visit no more than 5 wineries in a day. That allows you time to experience each winery, talk with the staff at the counters and learn a little about the wines.
Don’t be shy about walking up to the wine tasting bar – that’s what it’s there for!
Don’t feel bad about dumping the wine in the spit buckets. It doesn’t reflect badly, and actually shows you are being responsible by tasting instead of drinking.
Let the staff know you are new tasters. They will be happy to help you in the learning process about Yakima Valley wines, and appreciate it when you let them know you are new to tasting. Several wineries do a great job of teaching people about tasting wine and pairing it with food.
Purchase a $10 Rattlesnake Hills Wine Trail Passport at any member winery (or the Yakima Visitors Information Center — you’ll receive good discounts on the wine purchases with it.
On event weekends like Spring Barrel and Red Wine & Chocolate remember to bring a wine glass or be prepared to purchase one at a Yakima Valley winery along the Rattlesnake Hills Wine Trail. Glasses prices vary at each winery depending on what type of glass they are offering.
Drink water between wineries to help keep you hydrated and to prepare your palate for the next tasting. Crackers and cheese are a good idea to bring along as well, or pack a lunch. Many of the wineries offer picnic tables or places to enjoy your lunch or snack. Otherwise, stop at Bonair Winery for tapas, or drive into Zillah for lunch.
Have a designated driver. Even though you sip (or spit), it’s wise to allow someone who isn’t tasting to do the driving.
Enjoy! We are not wine snobs in the Rattlesnake Hills – we want you to have fun and a great experience, so relax, laugh with us, and enjoy the experience!