Honoring the best in Washington wine, from all-star vineyards to the top bottles.

It’s no accident that several award winners this year speak of a “golden age” of Washington wine. The wine scene here is more robust than ever, with a balanced mix of experienced winemakers and neophytes; likewise, there’s a mix of established old vineyards and new sites exploring different geologies. Right now, Washington wine is in a beautiful tween phase: mature enough that we can say with confidence that we produce world-class wines here, and young enough that most of the story remains to be written. The page-turner continues as we reveal the winners of our 12th annual Washington Wine Awards (learn about our methodology here).

Winemaker of the Year
Awarded to a winemaker who is known for the quality of his or her winemaking, contributions to the winemaking community and for helping put Washington wines on the national stage.

Chris Peterson
Avennia, Passing Time

When the history of Washington wine is written, a seminal moment will be the 2001 inauguration of the Enology and Viticulture Program by the legendary (and late) Stan Clarke at Walla Walla Community College. In subsequent years, that program launched dozens of successful Washington winemaking careers. The very first class, in 2003, probably didn’t even include a dozen students, but it did contain Chris Peterson, our 2017 Winemaker of the Year.  Read More »