Hackett Ranch: Gilbert Cellars, Glacier Basin Distillery, Wiley City Brewing.
This is the Yakima valley idea of a trifecta. A beautiful piece of land teeming with orchard and vineyard plots; producing a sophisticated portfolio of wines, a distillery with a wild west spirit and a micro craft brewery if you really have to have a hand-made beer on your visit. The Gilbert family has produced a fresh crop of savvy, agri-business innovators that are building on a tradition of careful stewardship of the land that has sustained Gilbert families for generations.
While the gorgeous Gilbert Cellars tasting room in town acts as the diplomatic outpost for most of the wine tasting, a trip out to the source provides the context for the ingredients of tradition and commitment easily lost in translation with the product alone. The Ranch hands are happy to provide motivation to visit with regular music events, fundraisers and private parties, where guest stroll through the rows of lavender while sipping this or that, and enjoying the natural beauty.
During the summer season, the chilled rose rules. but not without competition from the craft beer and spirits offerings. During events, local food carts set up shop to pair the valley food bounty with the libations. Plan on NOT leaving empty-handed. You’ll want to secure several reminders from the valley’s winning trifecta.