Rattlesnake Hills Wine Trail Events

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.

Upcoming 2019 AVA Events

Rattlesnake Hills Wine Trail Member Events

Event Etiquette

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!

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