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50th Anniversary

Washington State’s Founding Winery

Fifty years ago, a tiny winery called Ste. Michelle Vineyards introduced its first vintage of European-style premium wine. It was the release that inspired today’s thriving Washington wine industry—now home to nearly 1,000 wineries and 14 AVAs.

Let’s raise a glass to the first five decades of our story. But only as a motivation to produce even more remarkable Chateau Ste. Michelle wine experiences in the next half-century.

Cheers. The best is yet to come.

Washington Wines: Aging Very Well

In those early days, few people recognized or understood the region’s potential.

“Wine from Washington?” sniffed one east coast critic. “What side of the Potomac do the grapes grow on?” Fifty years later, no one gets the joke. Washington is now the nation’s #2 producer of premium wine with more than 50,000 planted acres.

Led by Chateau Ste. Michelle, Washington wines have won international acclaim and the state now stands shoulder-to-shoulder with world’s great wine producing regions.

The Chateau itself has received a long list of awards including 22 “Winery of The Year” honors (Wine & Spirits) and 18 “Top 100 Wines” designations (Wine Spectator). Our landmark winery in Woodinville also happens to be one of the most popular destination wineries in the world. What’s more, some of the world’s most celebrated vintners have come to Washington to partner with Chateau Ste. Michelle to create remarkable wines. These include the Antinori Family (Col Solare), Dr. Loosen (Eroica), and Michel Gassier and Philippe Cambie (Tenet).

Uncorking The Future

While all the recognition is flattering, Chateau Ste. Michelle doesn’t spend a lot of time polishing its medals. Our goal is to continue to blend experience, innovation and education in order to create exceptional wine experiences for people around the world.


50th Anniversary

Taste Washington Seminar

Four Seasons Hotel Seattle

10:30am - 12:00pm
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50 Years of Chateau Ste. Michelle: Celebrating a Washington State Legend

Moderator: Sean P. Sullivan, Wine Enthusiast magazine

One of the most influential wineries on the world’s stage, Chateau Ste. Michelle has not only helped establish the Washington wine region, but also formed important winemaking partnerships globally.

Come join us at this very special seminar as we talk with the luminaries themselves about the winery’s beginnings and how it has evolved over the decades, as well as what the future holds for Washington wine. This tasting will include an exceptional selection from the winery’s cellar including wines from their Eroica, Col Solare, and Tenet international partnerships.

Bob Bertheau, Winemaker, Chateau Ste. Michelle
Bob Betz, MW, Betz Family Winery
Ted Baseler, President & CEO, Ste. Michelle Wine Estates
Kevin Corliss, VP of Vineyards, Ste. Michelle Wine Estates
Sara Schneider, Wine Editor, Sunset Magazine

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50th Anniversary

50th Anniversary Throwback Dinner

Chateau Ste. Michelle Banquet Room

$130 General Public | $120 Club Members. Buy Tickets

Join us for a celebration of Chateau Ste. Michelle’s 50th Anniversary with a Throwback Chef Dinner!

Our wonderful Culinary Team, led by our Executive Chef Janet Hedstrom will recreate some of their favorite dishes from our beloved Culinary Director, John Sarich. Chef John helped begin our Chateau Ste. Michelle Wine and Food Experiences. We will be showcasing our 50th Anniversary Throwback 2015 Cabernet as well as surprises from our cellar to mark this special occasion! Everyone attending this Throwback Chef Dinner will receive a 50th Anniversary Special Bottle of the 2015 Cabernet Sauvignon, Columbia Valley, as a parting gift. Plus, you will have a chance to win one of 50 prizes in our Golden Cork Sweepstakes.

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$130 General Public | $120 Club Members.

21 and over only, please.

Until Sep 03

50th Anniversary

50th Anniversary Celebration Weekend

Chateau Ste. Michelle Winery

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Celebrate 50 years with us over this weekend filled with celebration, surprises, and award-winning wines.