Mountain Dome Winery
16315 E Temple Rd
Tel: (509) 928-2788
Tasting Room: Tours and tastings are offered by appointment. Please call.
Located in the foothills of Mt Spokane is a dedicated wine making family who live in a geodesic dome attached to a 9,500 square foot winery. Mountain Dome Winery was built entirely by the Manz family and just happens to be one of Washington's premier producers of sparkling wines. Their dedication to the production of sparkling wines started in 1984 when they pressed one ton of hand harvested grapes in their kitchen and fermented them in a small stainless tank!
Today Mountain Dome is the second largest sparkling producer in Washington State and are a dedicated vintner of méthode champenoise sparkling wines. The winery’s goal is to produce the finest sparkling wine possible from Washington State grapes. Two Willmes presses handle the grapes very gently and help form Mountain Dome's commitment to quality. The main winery building is a state of the art facility with Washington 's only Gyro-matic riddling machine. The wines are aged for three to seven years in a 7,200 square foot temperature controlled building that maintains 54 degrees year round.
Eric Manz heads up the winemaking duties while his mother Pat keeps track of the books. Brother Dave and sister Rachel help with all aspects of wine making from washing the bottles to applying labels. Uncle John Manz, keeps the winery organized and structures the work crews.
Current winery production consists of four sparkling wines and a recent addition of a still Chardonnay from Ryan Patrick vineyard grapes and a still Pinot Noir from Crystal Pheasant Vineyard grapes. Both vineyards reside in the rich grape growing area of the Columbia Gorge in central WA. Mountain Dome's multi-vintage Brut is a blend of six separate vintages. Fermented in small French oak barrels and aged in the bottle for 4 years before disgorging, this commitment to quality gives the wine a complex bouquet and rich taste.
Located on 85 acres in the foothills of Mount Spokane just 30 minutes from downtown Spokane, Mountain Dome’s success resides in their ability to remain a small, family-run winery producing only the finest sparkling wine possible. The whimsical gnomes pictured on their label lend a sense of playfulness to the wine and reflect the family’s belief that everyone needs a little sparkle in their lives!
Wines produced: 4,000 cases annually
Brut 1998 - Complex and rich with a hint of pears in the nose Aged six years in the bottle and is very dry.
Brut Rosé - Mostly Pinot Noir, this sparkler has an excellent acid balance and goes well with foods.
Cuvée Forté – A top of the line sparkling wine, half Chardonnay and half Pinot Noir. It is very fruity while maintaining a delicate nose and taste.
Brut Non-Vintage - Mountain Dome's classic Non-vintage sparkling wine that is a blend of 6 vintages. Citrus taste with a clean finish. It is a great everyday sparkler.
Ryan Patrick Chardonnay 2002 – Winery’s first still Chardonnay, fermented in French oak barrels. It is made in a classic Burgundian style with lots of fruit tastes.
Crystal Pheasant Pinot Noir 2001 - This is the same Pinot Noir used in their sparkling wines. It is full bodied and rich in tastes with a hint of oak and great complexity.