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Arbor Crest Wine Cellars

Arbor Crest is a family winery dedicated to producing quality, hand-crafted wines using the finest Washington State fruit. Out award-winning wines, captivating venue, and excellent customer service combine to create an unforgettable experience.

Touring Region
Current Weather
Fair
Fair, 58° F

Amenities
Tasting Room, Retail Sales, Wedding Facilities, Reception Facilities, Picnic Area, Gift Shop

Hours of Operation
Cliff House Estate | Daily:12pm-5pm
(Extended Summer hours June-August)

River Park Square | M-Th: 11am-9pm;
F-Sat: 11am-10pm; Sun: 12pm-5pm
(Extended hours during the Holidays)

Open to the Public
Yes

Current & Upcoming Events:

• Spokane Winery Association Holiday Wine Festival | November 18 to November 20.
Arbor Crest Wine Cellars will be celebrating the Spokane Winery Association’s Holiday Wine Festival with great wine discounts, special tastings, and limited wine gift packs just in time for the Holiday Season. Throughout the weekend we will be featuring the following specials at both locations:

- 2009 Merlot | Four Vineyards – $12/btl. or $120/case
- 2009 Sauvignon Blanc | Bacchus Vineyard - $7/btl. or $72/case
- Unique, limited edition gift packs ranging from $21.99 and up.
- Special $8 tasting fee that includes 5 tastes of any of our wines plus your own logoed Arbor Crest goblet.

We will also have some tasty treats available at both locations from our friends at Rocky Mountain Chocolate Factory and Bloem Chocolates & Flowers. Check back on our website soon for more details and a list of wine specials.

• Fall Music Fridays at River Park Square | Every Friday evening, 6:00pm to 9:00pm* (unless noted).
We invite you to join us at our River Park Square Tasting room for intimate Friday evenings featuring delicious wine, tasty food from our neighbors at Crusiers River Park Square, and the cool sounds of some of the area’s best musicians. Fall Music Fridays can provide you with the perfect break from your shopping, or help you get your weekend off to a wonderful start. Bring the whole family in for these fun and FREE events.

Annual Events:

• ValenWine Weekend | Valentine's Day Weekend
• The Connoisseur's Sale | President's Day Weekend
• Spring Tulip Festival | First Full Week of May
• Spring Barrel Weekend | Mother's Day Weekend
• Summer Concert Series | Memorial Day Weekend-September
• Crush Rush | Mid September-Mid October
• Fall Concert Series | October-December
• Annual Case Sale | First Full Week of November
• Holiday Wine Festival | Third Weekend of November


For more information, please visit our website at: www.arborcrest.com

Our Story

In 1982, the Mielke family started on a venture that would eventually grow into the Inland Northwest’s premier winery.

Taking advantage of the budding Washington wine industry, they purchased a winery in California and moved the operations to the family’s old cherry-packing facility near the Upriver Dam in central Spokane. Soon after, their very first wine, a Sauvignon Blanc from the Bacchus Vineyard, was sold from this location in March of 1982 officially starting Arbor Crest Wine Cellars, the 29th winery in Washington State.

Two years later, in 1984, the Mielkes acquired the historic Spokane Valley estate of Royal Riblet to serve as the idyllic new headquarters of the winery. The company’s management offices moved into Riblet’s inventor’s workshop and for many years the quaint old garage of the estate’s Florentine-style mansion served as Arbor Crest’s unique tasting room.

Located atop a 450 ft. cliff with exquisite views of the city, The Cliff House Estate, as it is now known, has since become a destination for exceptional wines and memorable public events.

In 1999, the family business came full-circle as Kristina Mielke-van Löben Sels, the daughter of the Mielkes, came from her position as associate winemaker at Ferrari-Carano Vineyards in Sonoma County, California, to take over as the head winemaker for Arbor Crest.

Kristina and her husband, Jim van Löben Sels, who has a strong background in agricultural economics and viticulture, are now celebrating over a decade of elegant, award-winning varietals. While continuing to refine and hone their craft, they hope to produce even more exciting wines from the best Washington State fruit sourced from some of the oldest and most respected vines in the state.

Since their arrival, several things have changed at Arbor Crest. The tasting room moved from the garage to a beautiful new facility built on the estate in 2003, and a second tasting room was opened in Downtown Spokane’s River Park Square Mall. Furthermore, both the level of production and selection of varietals has expanded, and Arbor Crest wines can now be found on store shelves around the world.

Despite continued growth, Arbor Crest’s family values, wonderful wines, and beautiful surroundings have remained unchanged since the winery’s founding nearly 30 years ago. The entire Arbor Crest family looks forward to many more years of providing quality, award-winning wines.

Arbor Crest is a medium sized family winery located at the historic Cliff House in Spokane, Washington. We feature hand crafted wines which are focused predominantly on Bordeaux varietals with emphasis on the vineyard sources and varietal characters

From our family to yours, Cheers!

© 2012 Washington Wine Commission

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