Fifty years ago, Ste. Michelle Vineyards introduced its first vintage of European-style premium wine inspiring today's thriving Washington wine industry. Let's raise a glass to the next fifty years, the best is yet to come.

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"GREAT WINE CAN ONLY COME FROM ITALY OR CALIFORNIA"

Or at least that was the misconception the Chateau’s founding fathers set out to prove wrong when they first broke ground years ago and pioneered the Washington wine region.

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1912

Built on the 1912 estate owned by Seattle lumber baron Frederick Stimson, the winery’s roots date back to the Repeal of Prohibition.

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1967

In 1967 under legendary winemaker Andre Tchelistcheff, a new line of premium vinifera wines was introduced called Ste. Michelle Vintners.

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1972

The first vines were planted at Cold Creek Vineyard in Eastern Washington in 1972.

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1976

Four years later, Ste. Michelle Vintners built a French style winery Chateau in Woodinville, and changed its name to Chateau Ste. Michelle.

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1991

Canoe Ridge Estate Vineyard planted in 1991.

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2017

Since then, we have combined Old World winemaking traditions with New World innovation. In fact, Chateau Ste. Michelle is one of the few premium wineries in the world with two state-of-the-art wineries, one for red and one for white. The whites are made at the Chateau in Woodinville, WA, while the reds are made at our Canoe Ridge Estate winery in Eastern Washington.

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Celebrate 50 Years With Us

Visit our 50th Anniversary celebration page