A few years ago, Woodinville seemed at a crossroads. A group of long-time area wineries moved production to Maltby, with construction difficult in Woodinville and space increasingly expensive. Construction on what was once called the Woodinville Wine Village had stalled (again).

Meanwhile competition from other areas was increasing. Wineries started opening tasting rooms in Seattle, Bellevue, and Kirkland, at times giving Woodinville the cold shoulder. It seemed an open question whether Woodinville’s wine scene might actually be contracting.

Today, the answer to that question is a resounding no. Rather, the town is going through its latest evolution.

Woodinville’s latest phase kicked off when DeLille Cellars opened a tasting room and production facility in the renovated Red Hook Brewery at the end of 2019. Sparkman Cellars opened its facility in this area the next year. More recently, a group of other wineries started constructing tasting rooms in the same spot.

How much have things changed in Woodinville in the last two years? In early 2021, I wrote an article on all the new things happening in Woodinville for Wine Enthusiast. Less than a year and a half later, that article is dated.

No fewer than four new tasting areas have started to spring up around town. At Seattle Metropolitan, I explore Woodinville’s third act.