The story behind: Chateau Ste. Michelle

How a dairy farm became a modern wine company.

Bestseller: Chateau Ste. Michelle's Chardonnay
Bestseller: Chateau Ste. Michelle's Chardonnay

The oldest winery in Washington State looks back on an eventful history. In 1912, the lumber mogul Frederick Stimson bought the land in the small town of Woodinville, almost 30 kilometres northeast of Seattle, and thus laid the foundation for today's winery. It was here that Stimson would holiday and relax from the strenuous timber business by hunting on his "Hollywood Farm", named after the holly trees that lined the driveway. Instead of wine, Stimson focused on milk and created a modern production farm with almost 250 hectares of land.

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