Aptly named after the highest peak on Mount Rainer, Columbia Crest represents the pinnacle of Washington State Wine.
Commitment to Excellence
Nestled alongside the Columbia River in eastern Washington, Columbia Crest was the very first winery in the acclaimed Horse Heaven Hills AVA. Since opening our doors in 1982, the winery has maintained its commitment to quality, our Washington State heritage and craftsmanship.
Washington State and the Columbia Valley represent the perfect grape-growing climate–from the weather to the soil to the vineyard sites. These growing conditions, along with outstanding viticulture and winemaking practices, allow Columbia Crest to create high-quality wines that are true to their varietal character and represent the unique terroir of the region.
From the vineyard to the glass, Columbia Crest wines are an extraordinary expression of craftsmanship. With a large body of acclaim, such as #1 Wine of the Year from Wine Spectator in December 2009, Columbia Crest winery delivers a steadfast promise with each bottle—world-class wines from a world-class wine region.
Vineyards are planted in what would become the acclaimed Horse Heaven Hills AVA.
Winery & visitor center officially dedicated and opened in June.
First release of the 1984 Vineyard Reserve White, a medium dry blend of Riesling, Gewürztraminer and Muscat Canelli, crafted by Doug Gore, Columbia Crest's first winemaker.
First release of red wine varietals from the 1984 vintage: Cabernet Sauvignon and Merlot.
Robert Parker’s Wine Advocate names Columbia Crest as one of the 24 “Best Value Wineries” in the world.
The 1990 Estate Series Cabernet Sauvignon is the only U.S. wine awarded a gold medal at the “Challenge du Vin” in Bordeaux, France.
Impact Magazine awards "Hot Brand" honors to Columbia Crest for the fifth consecutive year.
Wine Spectator’s first annual readers’ poll votes Columbia Crest “Best Winery for Value in the United States,” the only non-California winery to win an American wine category.
Columbia Crest also makes its first appearance on Wine Spectator’s list of Top 100 wines for the year with two wines: 1994 Cabernet Sauvignon; 1995 Estate Series Chardonnay.
"Grand Estates" Chardonnay, Merlot and Cabernet Sauvignon; and "Reserve" Merlot and Cabernet Sauvignon introduced.
The 1999 vintage of Walter Clore Private Reserve, a Bordeaux-style red wine, is introduced. The wine honors Washington wine pioneer Walter Clore, Ph.D.
Columbia Crest is named Wine Press Northwest’s first “Pacific Northwest Winery of the Year.”
Ray Einberger is named head winemaker.
First release of “H3” Chardonnay, Merlot and Cabernet Sauvignon, crafted from fruit grown in the Horse Heaven Hills appellation.
Columbia Crest Winery celebrates 25 years of winemaking excellence and its 25th harvest.
Wine Spectator names the 2005 Reserve Cabernet Sauvignon #1 on its“Top 100 Wines in the World” list, the first, and only, Washington State wine to receive this honor.
The 2007 H3 Merlot is named to Wine Spectator’s list of "Top 100 Wines of the Year", marking Columbia Crest’s sixteenth placement on the list.
Juan Muñoz Oca named Head Winemaker.
Columbia Crest is named U.S. “Winery of the Year” by Wine & Spirits.
Columbia Crest Grand Estates Cabernet Sauvignon makes an appearance on the Today Show as part of a "Best Products of the Year" segment.
Columbia Crest becomes the first winery to crowdsource a wine from vineyard to table through the Crowdsourced™ Cabernet Sauvignon project.
Katie Nelson is named Head Winemaker.
Will Wiles is named Head Winemaker.