San Juan Island Showcase – San Juan Vineyards
Founded in 1996 by Yvonne Swanberg, San Juan Vineyards is the only commercial operating vineyard in the San Juan Islands. The 30 acre farm grows Madeleine Angevine & Siegerrebe grapes, which make up 20% to 30% of the total annual wine production of San Juan Vineyards; the remainder is grown across the mountains in the sunny Yakima valley. Since 2006 no pesticides have been used on the land. Chris Lawler, Winemaker at San Juan Vineyards, introduced a couple of new wines to the lineup: “Haro Sunset Rose” and “South Beach Red”. Both are made from the Counoise grape.
The historic tasting room is open seven days a week , Spring through Fall, and sells, besides award winning wines, adorable wine paraphernalia and offers a comfortable porch to enjoy your box lunch with a sip of wine in the sunshine.
The property features a renovated schoolhouse from ca. 1895, the perfect setting for an old fashioned wedding.
San Juan Vineyards puts on several fabulous events each year:
June – Barrel Tasting
Taste what’s been aging in the barrels before the public, enjoy a BBQ, snacks, & live entertainment and help ring in the summer season on the islands.
August – Concours d’Elegance
Make a weekend of this charitable, antique sports car event. Bring your car for judging, or just watch, enjoy good food and live music. Proceeds go to various worthy causes like the Roatry’s PolioPlus Project, San Juan Hospice or Fish for Teeth.
September – Harvest Festival
Picking starts at 9am, there will be snacks and door prizes and of course, excellent wine.