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1 day 14 hours ago

Both our 2014 Hightower Cabernet Sauvignon and 2015 Murray Cabernet Sauvignon won gold medals in the 2018 Cascadia International Wine Competition, with our Hightower Cab Sauv winning a double gold! Thank you to Great Northwest Wine! For more information about the competition, go to greatnorthwestwine.com.

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1 week 6 days ago
We've released our 2017 Murray Rosé! Thank you so much to everyone who helped us celebrate this Saturday!
 
1 month 4 weeks ago

We're proud to announce that we're rolling out new wine clubs! These new clubs will provide our members with more wine options, while still including the same great benefits of membership. Existing wine club members will have the option to remain in their current club.

2 months 2 days ago

Compass Wines, one of the best wine shops in the US, included our 2013 Red Mountain Merlot in their list of 2017's top 10 red wines in their yearly newsletter. Calling the wine a "slam dunk," we can't help but agree!

7 months 2 weeks ago

Hey, here's an idea: let's make wine! And what a great idea it was! Here we are, celebrating 20 years! The winery is almost old enough to drink! When we think about all that we have created and experienced - starting a winery in Woodinville, buying land on Red Mountain, moving the winery to Red Mountain, planting an estate vineyard, and remodeling and expanding the winery (twice) - we are humbled. We have been part of developing the rapidly expanding Washington WIne Industry and Red Mountain Community. (When we started, we were about the 100th winery in the state. There are now over 900!) It has definitely been a full twenty years; full indeed of love, laughter, and many challenges. But of all that we have learned and accomplished, the very best part has been making great wine for our very dear customers. Here is to the next 20 years!

10 months 4 days ago

As we are gearing up to celebrate the winery's 20th anniversary this fall, we want to invite you to join in the fun--send us your favorite memory of Hightower Cellars, be it opening a bottle for a birthday, attending a party, or a fun visit to the tasting room--what is the moment you realized you loved Hightower Cellars? Share your story be emailing it to cydney@hightowercellars.com, and it could be featured in our 20th anniversary celebrations!

11 months 2 weeks ago

We had a fantastic time at our annual Paella party this year! Thank you to chef Frank Magana and his wife Tricia for all of their amazing work! This is one of our most highly anticipated Wine Club parties, and we love pampering our members every year! If you attended our Paella party, we would love to post some pictures you took from the event on our Facebook page and here on the website! You can email your photos to cydney@hightowercellars.com. Cheers! 

1 year 2 weeks ago

Have you ever wondered about the process it takes to get the wine you’re drinking from the vineyard and into the bottle? Does the artistry of winemaking fascinate you? Or have you thought to yourself, “How much work does it take to run a vineyard?”

In response to these questions, Tim and Kelly Hightower, the winemakers of Hightower Cellars, began hosting a series of hands-on discussions about the winemaking process out of the tasting room on March 11th. This first event covered pruning vines at the beginning of the season. Attendees joined Tim and Kelly on the vineyard as they demonstrated how to prune a vine and explained the significance of pruning to the winemaking process. Then participants got to try pruning a vine for themselves, after which the group did a barrel tasting of prior year’s wine made from the same vines.

It was a blustery day, but our attendees had a great time learning about this aspect of the winemaking process. In fact, they enjoyed pruning the vines so much that we had a hard time getting them all to come inside for our barrel tasting! Conversation and wine flowed, friendships were made, and fun was had by all.  

We are looking forward to our next Winemaker Session on April 22nd, which will cover the art of crafting a blend. Attendees will learn about flavor and textural balance in wine, as well as the unique process that Tim and Kelly go through to create their blends each year and then try making a blend themselves.

If this interests you, email cydney@hightowercellars.com with questions and to purchase tickets.

1 year 1 month ago
Compass Wines, one of the top wine shops in Washington state, has rated our Hightower Pepperbridge Vineyard 2013 Merlot one of Washington's top 10 red wines of the year, saying, "Hightower is another master of Red Mountain, so I will admit that a Walla Walla Merlot does seem a bit out of place, but 'holy grape stomp Batman,' this wine is awesome! Dark chocolate bars, a touch of herb and firm tannins.Is it possible this was made from Junior Mints? Wow!" 
2 years 11 months ago

Hightower Cellars 2012 Reserve Red, Red Mountain,: The husband-wife team of Tim and Kelly Hightower use Cabernet Sauvignon from Red Mountain to build the foundation for their Reserve, which opens with tones of chocolate-covered pomegranate, blueberry and lilac. The hallmark of Hightower Cellars red wines is exquisite balance, and that indeed applies here as suave tannins and juicy blueberry acidity make for a long farewell.It is not red, nor is it a mountain, but “brown ridge” doesn’t sound like much of a grape growing region.

Red Mountain is a 4,040-acre bench in Washington’s eastern Yakima Valley, and in the 40 years since the first wine grapes were planted amid sand and sagebrush, Red Mountain has developed into what is arguably the most important region in Washington. It also is the state’s smallest American Viticultural Area.

Red Mountain doesn’t produce the most grapes in Washington, but it does have the reputation for growing arguably the best. And most of them are red (more than 90 percent).

On average, Red Mountain is the warmest spot in Washington. As such, the grapes never have trouble ripening. In addition, Red Mountain vineyard land is by far the most expensive in the state.

And about the name: It comes from cheatgrass that grows on the ridge and turns reddish in color each spring.

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