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Hedges Family Estate one of the best tasting rooms in the US, says USA Today

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Hedges Family Estate one of two Washington State wineries to receive this national recognition

BENTON CITY, Wash.  (Aug. 24, 2016) – Hedges Family Estate, one of the pioneer wineries in Washington State’s famous Red Mountain AVA, has been voted one of the 10 best winery tasting rooms in the United States, according to a reader poll conducted by

Hedges Family Estate was one of two Washington wineries to finish in the top 10 tasting rooms in the United States. Alexandria Nicole of nearby Prosser also finished in the top 10. The editors from and three experts selected 20 contestants for this contest from the hundreds of winery tasting rooms nationwide.

This is the second time in three years that Hedges Family Estate has been recognized by national consumer media as one of the nation’s best tasting rooms. In 2014, Harper’s Bazaar called out Hedges as one of the top 10 U.S. wineries to visit that year.

“We believe we have created something very special for wine lovers who want an authentic experience in Washington wine country,” winery president Tom Hedges said. “Our guests can enjoy our world-class wines in an unforgettable setting overlooking some of the most beautiful vineyards in the Pacific Northwest.”

Founded in 1987, Hedges Family Estate was one of the first wineries and vineyards on Red Mountain. The winery resembles a beautiful chateau that could have been plucked from the countryside in the Bordeaux wine region of France.

The spacious tasting room features a large tasting bar in a soaring, two-story room with easy access to a French country kitchen, private tasting areas and a 5,000 bottle cellar of past vintages. Inviting patios and outdoor seating areas are surrounded by stunning gardens with views of the vineyards on Red Mountain.

“Great wines sipped in a great space – these are the elements that combine to make a top-notch tasting room, and our readers have selected the very best in the United States,” the editors at said in announcing the contest results.

"The winery attracts hundreds of visitors annually from all over the world," Hedges said.

“Our wines are distributed in 25 countries and have a very popular following in Great Britain,” he said. “We get European guests every week who know and love our wines, saw pictures of the estate on our web site and make the trip out to eastern Washington to experience it for themselves.”

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For the poll of best winery tasting rooms, a panel of experts partnered with 10Best editors picked the initial 20 nominees, and the top 10 winners were determined by popular vote over the past month. Experts Jill Barth (L’occasion), Jil Child (Wine Tours of the World) and Logan Lee (Wine Awesomeness) were chosen based on their extensive knowledge of U.S. wineries and wine travel.

About Hedges Family Estate

Hedges Family Estate is an 80,000-case winery located in Washington State. Tom and Anne-Marie Hedges co-founded the winery in 1987 on Red Mountain.

As one of the first wineries and vineyards on Red Mountain, Hedges helped pioneer the renowned Red Mountain AVA, which was nominated as AVA of the Year in 2014 by Wine Enthusiast magazine.

With its estate Red Mountain fruit, Hedges produces wines under the La Haute Cuvee, Hedges Family Estate, and Descendants Liegeois Dupont labels. In addition, Hedges has two brands that feature grapes from some of the finest vineyards in Washington’s Columbia Valley AVA – CMS by Hedges and House of Independent Producers (HIP).

Today, Hedges Family Estate manages 120 acres of vineyards on Red Mountain and has the largest Demeter-certified biodynamic vineyards in Washington State. Wines from Hedges Family Estate are distributed in all 50 states and in 25 countries internationally. For information, please see

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Media contact

Bob Silver
Silver Strategic Communications for Hedges Family Estate