Portteus Winery

5201 Highland Drive
Zillah, WA 98953


Open: Year Round


How did you get in the wine business? Great question; one I have been asked and answered at least one million times! So here is the real story: When I was 19, I bought a houseboat on Lake Union very near Fremont. I was too young to buy alcohol and since I entertained a lot I went over to Aetna bottling & supply on Rainier Ave and bought supplies to make beer. Portteus Brewery on the houseboat was formed. My uncle Howard made beer and wine that he let me taste as a youngster so I guess I got the idea from him. I quit making beer 3 years later when a batch blew up in the upper cabinets and the whole kitchen had to be torn out! 

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