Maryhill Winery Opens Tasting Room & Bistro in Woodinville's Hollywood Schoolhouse
November 22, 2019
Photo: L.M. Archer
Woodinville, Wash. — The newest Maryhill Winery Tasting Room and Bistro opened on November 16 and 17 in Woodinville’s Hollywood Schoolhouse. Woodinville Wine Country offers visitors a tipple through more than 100 wineries and tasting rooms, only 30 minutes from downtown Seattle. “We wanted to have a presence in Woodinville,” says winery co-owner Craig Leuthold, “and when the opportunity came up to take over one of the most iconic locations in all of Woodinville - the Hollywood Schoolhouse - we just couldn’t say no.”
Founded in 1999 on the banks of the Columbia River Gorge, Maryhill Winery proprietors Craig and Vicki Leuthold also operate tasting room eateries in Goldendale, Vancouver and Spokane. “We’re a tasting room that offers really good food,” explains Leuthold. “We we want people to linger, and we want to build a relationship with our customers. A lot of tasting rooms - you come in, you taste the wine, but there’s no compelling reason to stay, because you can’t have any food - so you’ve got to go somewhere else to eat.”
The revamped Maryhill Winery Tasting Room and Bistro in the Hollywood Schoolhouse totals 10,000-square-feet, with capacity for 450 guests. Originally built in 1912, it includes a grand ballroom, upper lounge with cozy fireplace, antique bar, commercial-grade kitchen, parking, and outdoor balconies overlooking manicured gardens.
Chef Carlton Bronson spearheads Maryhill’s Woodinville culinary program, which pivots around sustainably-focused pairings that compliment the winery’s affordable, 50+ wines. Currently, Maryhill crafts wines from over 30 different varietals grown statewide. “We have Cabernets from six different appellations in Washington state,” says Leuthold, “[Including] Walla Walla, Red Mountain, Wahluke Slope, and the Yakima Valley. It really is a place where you can come and taste the quality and diversity of the fruit being grown in Washington state.”
Named 2015 Pacific Northwest Winery of the Year by Wine Press Northwest, Maryhill Winery produces 80,000 cases of wine a year. In addition, winemaker Richard Batchelor boasts three Winemaker of the Year awards from the Indy International Wine Competition for 2013, 2018 and 2019. “Richard has a special talent,” concludes Leuthold, “Discipline in winemaking is the number one reason why people consistently make great wine, year after year. And Richard is an incredibly disciplined winemaker.“