Cathedral Ridge Winery

4200 Post Canyon Drive
Hood River, OR
Phone: (800) 516-8710
Established in 2003, Cathedral Ridge produces more than 20 different red and white varietals and blends, modeled after the great wines of Europe, under the direction of Michael Sebastiani, a fourth-generation winemaker from Sonoma, California. Most are sourced from top Columbia Gorge vineyards, thought the winery does grow riesling, pinot gris and chardonnay on its estate vineyard.

COR Cellars

151 Old Highway 8
Lyle, WA
Phone: (509) 365-2744
Founder Luke Bradford worked harvests in Tuscany and Sicily in 2000 to 2002, before returning to Washington (he attended Evergreen State University). After working for local wineries, he established COR, derived from the Latin word for heart, in 2004. The winery produces white wines, including a pinot gris–gewürztraminer blend, from Columbia Gorge grapes, and it sources its reds from Horse Heaven Hills and elsewhere in the Columbia Valley.

Domaine Pouillon

170 Lyle Snowden Road
Lyle, WA
Phone: (509) 365-2795
This 2,500-case-a-year winery, established in 2005 by Alexis and Juliet Pouillon, focuses on Rhône–style varietals and blends, though a cab sauv, merlot and a white Alsacian blend are also available. Its eclectic lineup of wines includes those sourced from vineyards in the Columbia Valley, Horse Heaven Hills and elsewhere in the Gorge, plus an estate syrah.

Maryhill Winery

9774 Hwy. 14
Goldendale, WA
Phone: (877) 627-9455
Situated on a bluff overlooking the Columbia River's multi-hued banks, with Mount Hood off in the distance,, Maryhill makes and pours wines in a quintessential Northwest setting. It also hosts a popular summer concert series. The winery's tiered approach to production results in selections ranging from everyday drinkers to bottles you'll want to save for special occasions. Pictured above: Maryhill's Columbia Gorge vineyards, by Andrea Johnson.

Phelps Creek Vineyards

1850 Country Club Road
Hood River, OR
Phone: (541) 386-2607
Founder Bob Morus began by planting a block of pinot noir on his Columbia Gorge property in 1990, and added chardonnay vines a couple of years later. Today, the winery still focuses on these two varietals in its estate vineyard, but also sources white varietals, including gewürztraminer and pinot gris, from nearby Underwood Mountain. Overall, Phelps Creek produces about 5,000 cases a year, under the direction of Alexandrine Roy, a fourth-generation vigneron from Burgundy.

Syncline Wine Cellars

111 Balch Road
Lyle, WA
Phone: (509) 365-4361
Syncline's winemaker and co-owner James Mantone adheres to Old World principles in crafting soulful wines, which include a slate of Rhône varietals along with others, such as grüner veltliner and picpoul, that are not widely produced in Washington. In the process, he demonstrates the benefits of tempering the power of Washington fruit in favor of complexity.

The Gorge White House

2266 Hwy. 35
Hood River, OR
Phone: (541) 386-2828
The white house, a 1908 Dutch Colonial beaut, is one of the most notable landmarks along the Hood River Fruit Loop, which links area farms and food purveyors. The tasting room offers samples of house-made pear wines, hard ciders and still wines, along with wines produced by others nearby.

The Pines 1852

202 Cascade Ave.
Hood River, OR
Phone: (541) 993-8301
Winery founder Lonnie Wright has been planting and managing vineyards in the Columbia Gorge since the mid-1980s. In 2001, he teamed with Oregon winemaker Peter Rosback to create zinfandels and other varietals with grapes from his family's vineyard. You can taste their selections, which include zinfandel, pinot noir, gewürztraminer and others, in the winery's spacious Hood River tasting room.