The wine story:At Arbor Crest wine making is a family tradition. Born into a family that had farmed in Washington State for over a century, brothers Harold and David Mielke discovered in the late 70's their land had enormous potential to grow grapes for producing fine wines. Their dream became a reality in 1982 when they, along with Harold's wife Marcia, established Arbor Crest Wine Cellars. Arbor Crest was the 29th winery established in Washington State. Today, there are well over 650 wineries in Washington State, making Arbor Crest Wine Cellars a Washington wine industry pioneer.
Tasting with an awe-inspiring view:Two years later in 1984, the Mielke family purchased the Riblet Estate and relocated the winery to the estate's Cliff House, perched high atop cliffs overlooking the Spokane River 450 feet below and providing outstanding views. The Cliff House, a National Historic Landmark was built in the Florentine-style in 1924 is a picturesque winery complete with awe-inspiring views. Arbor Crest boasts one of the most spectacular settings of any winery in the Washington State and is worth visiting for this reason alone. The Cliff House is a 75-acre estate with breathtaking gardens which surrounded the estate landmarks, including a gazebo, croquet court, and famed life-size checkerboard. The current tasting room blends in well though it was built in 2003. An unfortunate 2009 fire damaged the historic Cliff House, but the owners assured the heartbroken public, it can be restored to its original splendor. December 2010 marked the completion of this careful restoration. This is a destination winery, perfect for a picnic and available to rent for weddings and events.
|Arbor Crest Wine Cellars|
All in the Family:
Named by Wine Spectator as one of the "Top 50 Producers Every Wine Lover Should Know," Arbor Crest Wine Cellars is best known for their Sauvignon Blanc and their red blend and my favorite, Dionysus.
|Summer concert series in the event tent nestled in the vineyard.|
*Arbor Crest also has a downtown tasting room in Riverpark Square.
*In the Summer, very popular weekly concerts featuring live music which welcome an average of 1000 people to the grounds every weekend. In August, Arbor Crest Wine Cellars also hosts a Classic Car Show and Art and Glass Fest. Check website for current events and concert schedule. http://www.arborcrest.com/
(Labeled photo courtesy of Arbor Crest. Others by Sip of Spokane)