After months of planning, Woodinville’s Tinte Cellars has opened up its first Seattle location. The new tasting room for the boutique winery — which garnered some gold medals in the 2020 Seattle Wine Awards competition — has landed at 5951 Airport Way South, joining Charles Smith Wines Jet City, Cascade Cliffs, and Cloudlift Cellars in the neighborhood.
Though all indoor tasting rooms are closed due to the current COVID restrictions in Washington until at least January 4, Tinte has some limited outdoor seating available on the back patio (with covering and a fire pit), as well as a selection of gift packages and bottles for retail. The food menu for those sipping on site includes mostly light snacks: cheese and charcuterie trays, chocolate bars, and a selection of nuts. Meanwhile, the introductory wine lineup features Tinte Cellars’s Sauvignon Blanc and Viognier from 2018, a 2016 William Church Cabernet Franc, and a 2016 Cuillin Hills Cabernet Sauvignon.
Those interested in some of the neighborhood’s historic architecture may want to check out the restoration to the building dating back to 1912, with the storefront kept intact and a rustic overhaul inside the 1,600 square-foot space. Over the last century, this location had previously been home to a general store, a folk art shop, a butchery, and most recently a scooter sales and service shop. Tinte has restored an original scooter perched on the roof with a revitalized paint job.
Beyond the tasting room function, there are plans to host events, as well as produce a catering kitchen, once current COVID restrictions begin to ease up. Meanwhile, Tinte’s existing tasting rooms and production facilities in Woodinville will stay in operation just as before.