Returning home, day one

Seattle to Prosser

Beer is made by men, wine by God.    ~Martin Luther~

Views Along the Road

We eased into our return trip by driving only 180 miles from Seattle to our first night’s stop in the quaint town of Prosser, WA. Located in the heart of Yakima Valley’s wine country this little gem was recommended to us by some fellow RV’ers in our Alaska caravan last year.

Yakima Valley sits on the dry side of the Cascades and relies on sunshine and snowmelt to keep its crops happy. With over 17,000 acres devoted to vineyards it produces over half of the state’s wine grapes. But, this fertile region does not limit itself to grapes. According to an article in The NY Times, it also produces 75% of the nation’s hops and the bulk of spearmint and peppermint oil (think toothpaste). It also goes without saying that there are plenty of apple orchards dotting the landscape.

Our campground in Prosser was within easy walking distance to several tasting rooms so once set up, we headed out to sample some Washington wines.  None of the wineries represented were familiar to us so we visited just two of them.  Of course with twelve samples between the two, that was enough for Caryn and Art!  Not being a wine connoisseur,  I just enjoyed the ambiance of the settings.

First up was Airfield Winery and from there we stopped into Ginkgo Forest Winery .  Caryn and Art enjoyed the samples at Ginkgo Forest more so than Airfield, but each bought a bottle at both wineries to take home and share with family and friends.

Following the tastings, we headed back to camp to enjoy dinner al fresco in the mild temperatures before calling it a day.  All-in-all, a good start to our trip home!  Next up Hell’s Canyon…

Airfield Winery

 Ginkgo Forest Winery

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Roadside vineyard

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