Winery to host open house, tasting Dec. 16

Rural Montesano winery now open

A new winery in rural Montesano opened for business last month.

Wynoochee River Winery, located on Wheeler Road up the Wynoochee Valley, is about 25 minutes from downtown. At the end of the drive, however, is beautiful scenery and sweet berry wine.

“We specialize in fruit and berry wines. We don’t do grape wines right now,” owner and manager Denise Schupbach said. “We grow a lot of our own fruits on the farm. Apple and pie cherry. With those we pick them in the morning and start the fermentation process in the afternoon. We have a lot of specialty wines you won’t find in a store. They’re very unique products to our location.”

It’s a family operation — with relatives picking the berries and helping the process all along the way, from berry to glass of wine.

The winery will be hosting an open house on Saturday, Dec. 16, 2 p.m.-5 p.m. in the tasting room at 79 Wheeler Road.

Tasting room hours vary throughout the week with set hours on Wednesday and Friday, noon to 6 p.m., and Saturday and Sunday noon to 5 p.m.

For more information, visit the winery’s website at