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Bianchi Vineyards, East Wenatchee

When visitors take the winding roads that lead out to Bianchi Vineyards in East Wenatchee, they arrive at a well-curated space. Although it’s less than a 10-minute drive from the bustle of downtown East Wenatchee, it feels like the winery is world away from the everyday rush of errands. People com for the quiet, the views and the wines that they can enjoy on the Bianchi’s thoughtfully designed landscape, complete with a large lawn with a view for picnics, a shaded porch (with heaters in the winter months) with a view, and a modern, tastefully decorated tasting room, all designed to show off the best their land has to offer.

“We wanted to create a beautiful setting where people can relax,” says Doug. “What we’re hearing is that it has a really good vibe. People sit outside and just gaze – they don’t even talk.”

The view

Their winemaking started five years ago. Kim signed the two of them up for a wine-making class as a gift to Doug. It was obvious immediately how interested Doug was in the subject.

“He kept interrupting the instructor to ask questions,” said Kim. Once they were in the class, Doug said, “my Italian heritage took over.”

Doug and Kim Bianchi

Their first wine was a 2014 Tempranillo that they gifted to friends. Their Tempranillo is still their top-selling wine – the 2015 vintage recently earned a medal at the North Central Washington Wine Awards Competition earlier in 2019.

When Doug and Kim Bianchi first decided to buy property in Central Washington, their plan was to have something small where they could come stay on a regular basis. Their plans changed when they found a 10-acre piece of property in East Wenatchee, with sweeping views of the Columbia River, Mission Ridge and the cliffs across the river and above Malaga.

Sweeping Views

Two years later, the couple’s hard work has transformed their property into a peaceful sanctuary: for them, their AirBnB guests, and – most especially – for their customers who come to drink the wine.

Not long after opening their winery, Doug and Kim got married on the property, celebrating both their love for each other and the love of the area they now call home.

Although they both have kept their day jobs – Kim is a dental hygienist, and Doug is a consultant – the wine is a labor of love, and it shows in the space they’ve created for it on their property.

the wines

The couple decided on the Wenatchee area because it was close to skiing, friends and an airport – a necessary piece for Doug to continue his work. They moved from Arlington with some trepidation, admitted Kim. She’d worked for the same dentist for 29 years.

“Doug had a vision; I didn’t,” she said. She kept thinking, “Should we do this? Should we do this? Yes, we should do this.”

Although it’s been a lot of work, they’re both glad to be here now.

“It’s like coming to hang out with family,” says Tyler Crackenberger, founding member both the Bianchi Vineyard Club and their wine club.

“People get a good vibe when they come here,” says Kim. “That was one thing Doug was striving for.”

The winery

“Aside from the view and the good vibe, it’s a comfortable, intimate setting. People really like that. The owners are available, and – most importantly – it’s good wine.”

Aside from wine, Bianchi Vineyards also draws people with music and food events. They’ve had crawfish boils and other food events catered by Son of a Brisket Catering out of Leavenworth and are looking to grow their food offerings in the future. They’ve also hosted craft events, such as pumpkin carving, wreath making and more.

Bianchi Vineyards is family friendly. Pets and kids are welcome: they keep snacks available for the kids who visit.

the glass

Their current wine list includes their award-winning 2015 Tempranillo, 2017 Syrah, 2017 Sangiovese, Red Blend, 2018 Sauvignon Blanc, and 2018 Rosé. The Rosé is almost sold out, so hurry if you want some!

You can visit Bianchi Vineyards at 4210 10th St. SE in East Wenatchee. Their hours are 2 to 6 p.m. on Fridays and noon to 5 p.m. on Saturdays. To learn about the Bianchis, their wines and events, go to bianchivineyards.com.

Morgan Fraser

Morgan Fraser is a North Central Washington native with a penchant for travel, interesting stories and fresh local food. After traveling the globe and living in several different countries, Morgan found the community, fresh water swimming and laid back mountain lifestyle in Leavenworth too enticing to resist. She teachers Spanish and is the author of two regional wine-pairing cookbooks and a travel memoir.

Favorite quote: "If I could tell the world just one thing it would be: we are all ok. And not to worry, because worry is wasteful and useless in times like these." -- Jewel
Favorite color: the clear blue of a glacier-fed lake or river
Favorite apple: galas, fresh off the tree first thing in the morning