Local Winery Brings New Dynamic to the Wine Tasting Experience
With more than 130 tasting rooms in Woodinville, it can be challenging for a winery to stand out from the crowd. For Matthews Winery, this has never been a problem. From the inside out, Matthews Winery has been a leader amongst its peers with their innovative approach to wine, food and the relationship between both.
In 2008, the Otis family acquired Matthews Winery, and a lot as changed since then. They looked at the Napa region and realized a farm and wine concept zippered together was the future. A farm was created and cultivated, and it now produces fresh produce and flowers—leading to the farm-to-table wine dinners that take place on the property year-round.
The wine-tasting experience has also changed. The tasting room has had a bright and fresh update and is one of the factors that sets Matthews Winery apart from its neighbors. Guest are provided with a completely unique experience with the option of tasting inside the winery, as well as the option of roaming the grounds—the garden, the patio and the organic farm.
Creating an atmosphere that is warm and welcoming is of utmost importance to the winery.
“It is our sincere hope that when you walk through the door, you are automatically struck with a great feeling,” says Bryan Otis, part-owner of Matthews Winery.
The staff is passionate and well-educated, and their aim is to ensure all guests have a positive experience, regardless of their knowledge of wine.
“We want to make sure that we are carrying the vibe of Matthews into our interaction with guests and delivering the experience that people desire and we understand that comes from the inside out,” explains Leah Bobson, marketing manager for Matthews Winery.
While the staples are always available at Matthews, wines are continually rotating as new wines are introduced every two to three weeks. A few are available outside of the winery, but 75% of the wines Matthews produces are only available in the tasting room.
Our ability to welcome guests to experience the lifestyle of farm to table with the wine experience is unique and sets our winery apart. —Bryan Otis
+ Tastings are $15 and include four tastings; cost is refundable with any bottle purchase.
+ Matthews’ Claret has been rated the 27th best wine in the world by Wine Spectator.
+ The winery also has a bed and breakfast on the grounds that is available for guest rental.
+ Matthews Winery is a 20-minute drive from Bellevue
Tasting Room Hours
+ Sunday-Thursday, 12-5 p.m.
+ Friday, 12-9:30 p.m.
+ Saturday, 11 a.m.-7 p.m.
2016 Matthews Claret
A selective blending of all five red Bordeaux varietals
2018 Matthews Sauvignon Blanc
A refreshing blend of Sauvignon Blanc and Semillon
2016 Matthews Cabernet Sauvignon
A smooth blend Cabernet Sauvignon, Cabernet France and a touch of Merlot
2015 Matthews Reserve Claret
Matthews’ flagship wine
Tips for Visitors
1. Matthews offers the best of both indoor and outdoor experiences with an on-site organic farm that produces fresh produce and flowers.
2. Seating is plentiful at Matthews, with seating inside the tasting room as well as on the patio, in the garden and on the lawn.
3. The tasting room is open seven days a week and offers complimentary wireless internet.
4. While Matthews offers a variety of wines, Bordeaux is the main influence and inspiration.