For those who love wine, the dream of owning their own vineyard may be nearer than they think, especially if they want to stay within an easy drive of Seattle. For sale is the award-winning Ellensburg Canyon Winery (ECW) and vineyard located just six miles south of downtown Ellensburg and just to the east of the Yakima River and Canyon Road.
“To prospective buyers, Ellensburg Canyon Winery is a turn-key operation, with an about 10,000 bottle inventory of finished wine, and the last three vintages are in the pipeline now ready to process into the bottle,” says owner Gary Cox.
Cox is a plant and soil scientist who built ECW, and he’s dedicated the vineyard to being a preeminent producer of the Washington Cabernet Franc, Malbec, and Riesling, as among some of the finest wines in the world. If you take over the vineyard, he is also available to hire as a consultant on a year to year basis and teach you the wine-making ropes.
The primary residence is a meticulously maintained 2,700-square-foot, two-story, four-bedroom home with a large ensuite master bedroom, hot tub, sauna, and adjacent gazebo. The grounds are beautifully landscaped with low mowing maintenance.
An extraordinary feature of the listing is that the property is totally sustainable: it’s Solar Powered by an 85-panel array which feeds back into the PSE Grid, is on its own well, and has its own septic system. Notably, Ellensburg Canyon Winery was the first commercial vineyard planted in Kittitas County circa 1998. ECW was the 697th licensed winery in the State of Washington and there are over 950 wineries today.
The property consists of 2 Tax Parcels (#10677 & #10682) totaling 16.66 acres of prime western exposure with mountain and river views. Planted are 5 acres of 20 years old wine grapes consisting of 3 acres of Cabernet Franc, 1.4 acres of Riesling and .6 acres of Malbec. The vines planted in 1998 total a 500 case per year production for the licensed and bonded winery included in the sale.
The primary residence on the 6.6-acre Parcel #10677. The 10-acre Parcel #10682 includes 5 acres of KRD ($314.80/year KRD Assessment) precision irrigated Cox Canyon Vineyards, 10’x12’ steel outbuilding, 10’x12’ greenhouse and a 600-square-foot shop/tasting room for Ellensburg Canyon Winery.
Available also for sale is all the necessary equipment to run the wine operation and maintain the grounds including; a Kubota 30HP tractor, sprayers, trailers, netting, etc. There is in addition to the equipment an inventory of award-winning bottled wine ready for sale and plenty of fermenting wine in the pipeline to keep the winery supplied going forward.