Submitted by Westport Winery
Westport Winery Garden Resort has been named the 2022 Washington Winery of the Year by Great Northwest Wine magazine. The winery, located halfway between Westport and Aberdeen on the Washington Coast, is owned by Blain, Kim and Carrie Roberts.
Great Northwest Wine’s editor Eric Degerman said, “Our editorial team identified Westport Winery as our Washington Winery to Watch in 2011, and the quality of the Roberts family wines has continued to climb, exemplified by their six Platinum Awards last fall. That showing gave them 30 career Platinums, vaulting the Aberdeen producer to No. 7 all-time in the 22-year-history of our awards program to identify the best Northwest wines each year.”
Blain and Kim founded the business in 2008. After eight years promoting from sales to general manager, their daughter Carrie joined the ownership team in 2016. Carrie said, “For me the best part of owning the winery is working everyday with my parents.”
Blain said, “Earning this award is the pinnacle of achievement for our business and our family. We are so proud to be a part of this industry.” From humble beginnings with twelve wines in 2008 to over thirty selections today with 700 medals in international competitions, the winery has been on an upward trajectory from the start. In 2012 they added the Sea Glass Grill, which was named the number two winery restaurant in the nation by USA Today. Ocean’s Daughter Distillery was launched in 2019 and the International Mermaid Museum opened in 2021. Plans to add lodging to the resort are in the works for the end of 2022.
Degerman said, “Considering its relationships with storied sites such as Elephant Mountain Vineyard and Red Willow Vineyard, combined with the talents of winemaker Mark Bosso, we expect Westport Winery to continue amassing gold medals and moving up the Platinum rankings.”
Kim Roberts said, “We owe a great deal of appreciation to our team. This includes our talented winemaker, Mark Bosso, and our grape growers, who have been our partners in creating world class wine. From our dishwashers and chefs to our groundskeepers and servers, we share this award with those who do the heavy lifting alongside us every day. We are thrilled to celebrate this huge honor with our them, our guests, and our community.”
As to the future, Degerman said, “The Roberts family has transformed Grays Harbor County into wine country and turned Westport Winery Garden Resort into one of the Pacific Northwest’s true destinations with its remarkable craft beverage program, on-premise restaurant and display gardens. And the advent of the wildly popular non-profit International Mermaid Museum has added to the family-friendly feel of the campus. Theirs is a deliciously fascinating story that we find ourselves updating and retelling on a regular basis.”
Westport Winery Garden Resort including the wine tasting room and gift shop, the 15-acre display garden, the Sea Glass Grill, Ocean’s Daughter Distillery, and the International Mermaid Museum are open daily from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. For more information visit the Westport Winery website.