Obviously, the Snoqualmie Valley isn’t Woodinville when it comes to wine making and tasting, but you have to start somewhere, right?
When it comes to wine, it looks like two wineries are taking a chance on the Snoqualmie Valley; a place where tourists are ample, especially in the warm summer months.
Nearly two years ago, a small family run winery, Sigillo Cellars, took the ground level of a ‘used-to-be’ auto repair shop in downtown Snoqualmie, right by the Meadowbrook Bridge near Mount Si High School, and turned the space into the home for their small, start-up wine business.
Sigillio Cellars has grown in the past two years and is now in need of more space for the wine-making part of the business – good news for a growing winery. As a result, their tasting room will relocate to a more visible location in Snoqualmie, freeing up additional space for the actual wine making.
Owners of the Mignone Building on Railroad Ave revealed last week that Sigillo Cellars had signed a lease for its historic building. Mignone owners said they were thrilled that the building will be home to the family operated business – one that is sure to enhance the downtown core.
Sigillo Cellars owner, Mike Seal, confirmed the move to the Mignone Building. He said the move will allow the tasting room to be open more days (currently they are only open on weekends) and host more special events, like occasional live music. They plan to have the new tasting room open by summer.
Piccola Cellars Wants North Bend to be Home
Meanwhile, in nearby North Bend, Piccola Cellars is in the process of revamping the old North Bend fire station and turning it into the company’s second location. Piccola’s other wine facility in located in Woodinville. They are most noted for their wine totes.
According to Piccola Cellars owners, Woodinville is great and they will keep a satellite tasting room there, but they wanted to base the winery in an area closer to where employees and owners live and work – “a place where city residents and workers and visitors come and have a glass of wine after work and meet friends or just decompress.”
Most importantly, they said they want Piccola Cellars to be a” place that is part of the community and people’s every day life.”
Work on the old fire station is progressing well and Piccola Cellars hopes to be open the week of Aprill 22nd, with tasting room hours Tuesday – Friday, 4PM-8PM; Saturday 12PM-8; and Sun 12PM-6PM.
So coming soon… tourists will have yet one more reason to head toward the Snoqualmie Valley…. Snoqualmie Falls, hiking, shopping, trains…. and WINE.