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Arbor Crest Wine Cellars

4705 N Fruithill Rd
Spokane, WA
(509) 927-9463


Arbor Crest Wine Cellars is a family owned winery established by the Mielke family in 1982. Winemaker Kristina Mielke-van Loben Sels is the second generation of the Mielke family to oversee Arbor Crest along with her husband Jim van Loben Sels, a viticulturist and the general manager. Using the best Washington state grapes from small vineyards, Arbor Crest produces award-winning, handcrafted wines in the Bordeaux style. It is one of the largest family-owned wineries is Washington.

The winery is housed in the Arbor Crest Cliff House, a fanciful, historic estate scenically perched 450 feet above the Spokane River just east of town. After sampling the wines, nibbling on cheese and enjoying the gift selections, the grounds themselves invite you for a stroll or a leisurely picnic. Wander through the rock gardens and pools, peer over the basalt cliffs, admire the champagne vineyard and entertain yourself with the gigantic checkerboard. (No-one under 21, please, due to dangerous terrain.)

If there isn’t time to tour this delightful spot you can still savor the taste of Arbor Crest wines at their downtown tasting room in River Park Square shopping mall, second floor.

Arbor Crest Cliff House
Tasting Room:

Open daily 12-5 PM
Free concerts every Sunday throughout the summer from 5:30pm to sunset. Admission and parking are free. Guests can pack a picnic and blanket, enjoy lovely music, spectacular views and award-winning wine. No one under 21 yr, please.

Downtown Spokane Tasting Room:
River Park Sq. (808 W Main) 2nd Floor
Open Daily: 11 - 7 Mon-Thurs, 11-9 Fri-Sat, 11-5 Sun

Wines Produced:
20,000 cases annually

  • Sauvignon Blanc
  • Chardonnay
  • Merlot
  • Cabernet Sauvignon
  • Riesling
  • Syrah
  • Pinot Gris
  • Sangiovese
  • Cabernet Franc
  • Dionysus (Bordeaux blend)

Recent Accolades:
2003 Sauvignon Blanc

Wine Spectator-“Best Value” - “Smooth and spice, with almond and vanilla overtones to the pear,lime and herb flavor, lingering nicely. Drink Now.”
Wine Enthusiast-“Best Buy” - “This is a firm, succulent style of Sauvignon Blanc, lightly toasty, with good fruit flavors that seem to fall right on the cusp between citrus and stone fruits. Polished and flavorful”
The Wine Advocate-Robert Parker “Excellent Value” - “The melon ball-scented 2003 Sauvignon Blanc, an excellent
value, is medium-bodied, oily-textured and seamless. Ripe pears,
nuts and honeydew melons are found in its expressive character.”

New Releases:

  • 2005 Riesling released 2/2006
  • 2003 Cabernet Sauvignon released 6/2006
  • 2004 Sangiovese released 1/2006
  • 2003 Cabernet Franc release 1/2006
  • 2003 Malbec released 1/2006
  • 2004 Petite Sirah release 1/2006


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