Lots of folks have been asking why we decided to move our wine production across the state, so far away from our current home base. The truth is, we couldn't pass up this fantastic opportunity! The Port of Kennewick was building new winery sites; they just needed a few awesome tenants to make their vision a reality. That's where Bartholomew Winery and Palencia Winery - La Monarcha come in.
Currently, Bartholomew is leasing warehouse space built for "other" manufacturing, retrofitted to suit wine making. The new building in Kennewick is designed specifically to support wine production and hospitality services. It's an energy efficient building, which reduces operating costs and provide a “sustainable practices” marketing advantage. Adjacent to a nature trail are outdoor seating areas designed and situated to take full advantage of the surrounding natural area, while using the buildings to block the hustle and bustle of the busy street, and street-scape improvements to enhance the “manner of arrival”. Phase 2 improvements will add supporting elements (such as food trucks) and additional sites for complementary businesses (like beer, wine, spirits, art, and food). What's not to love!
Also, a forward thinking approach to waste water is incorporated into this winery site. New regulatory requirements are currently being discussed and enacted by the State of Washington Department of Ecology. The cost involved to accommodate these new regulations will be expensive for existing wineries. This is why the Port project is quite enticing to us. While all the individual wineries around the State will be attempting to understand and comply with these new requirements, the City of Kennewick is handling all of the permitting to discharge the winery waste water into their existing 6 million gallons of daily flow. We simply have to sign up for the City’s water and sewer meter billing, apply some simple best management practices, and pay a monthly water bill. Is it a perfect situation? Time will tell, but we are more than hopeful.
Personally, we are excited to help improve an under-served community of Kennewick, and transform it into a bustling center of commerce. Here is a 2-minute video provided by PBS showing a sneak peek of the wine village construction site and the key Port official and architect involved: www.pbs.org/video/3000929868/ (or click the image below)
6/2/2017 11:04:03 am
Congratulations on your new home! I hope that Tom and I will be available to attend your grand opening.
6/2/2017 12:00:26 pm
Great explanation, Bart! The situation sounds ideal, with room to grow, and what's not to like about another wine destination in Washington State!
6/2/2017 12:38:30 pm
So happy for you guys but will miss coming down where you have been for a while now. It is so convenient. If I don't see you before you are gone the very best of luck to you. I know you will do good your wine is so good!!!!
6/2/2017 12:44:24 pm
Hi Vickie, just for clarification purposes. We are keeping out tasting room in Seattle open with expanded hours. So nothing will change, other than who is standing behind the bar. Please continue to visit us in Seattle!
6/20/2017 07:02:07 am
I mis worded my comment I really did understand you would still have your tasting in Seattle but you won't be there and you and Chona are a big draw too. You are the nicest people and your wine it goes without saying is sooo good.
Leslie and Jim Fowble
6/2/2017 06:34:22 pm
Glad to see things are working out for you in Kennewick. Looks great. We will plan on making a trip over to see the new winery.
6/2/2017 07:09:18 pm
the distance is longer, but the travel time might be close to the same. Lol
Rita and Kirk Ratajesak
6/2/2017 08:52:15 pm
What a great opportunity for you - it sounds wonderful! We will definitely make the trip over to see your new location. Please let us know the date for your grand opening. Although we will miss seeing you at the Seattle location, we will continue our wine tasting there. Hugs!
6/4/2017 10:39:28 pm
Welcome to Kennewick. So excited to see you.
2/26/2021 05:47:55 am
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