If you have not visited Matthews Winery recently you may be in for a surprise the next time you stop by. They have gone through a remodel and have added a CSA garden. I was lucky to stop in on the first day of the Creekside Farm pick up.
In 2015, the Matthews team planted Creekside Farm at Matthews Winery, an ecological produce garden adjacent to the winery building under the direction of Alex Meizlish, a noted Woodinville farmer. This was the first commercial garden associated with a winery property in Woodinville. The name Creekside is inspired by a small, picturesque creek running along the edge of the farm area.
Creekside Farm also has partnered with several nearby businesses to create a community supported agriculture (CSA) subscription program that is unique to Woodinville Wine Country.
The CSA program runs through late October, subscribers receive a custom box of fresh produce and flowers from Creekside Farm; custom breads from The Commons, a nearby bakery; custom cheese and dairy products from Cherry Valley Dairy in Duvall; locally grown eggs and honey; and hand-selected wines from the current and library vintages of Matthews’ wines.
CSA members also will have first access to several unique farm-to-table dinners throughout the year at Matthews.
You can taste the fromage blanc cheese and herbed butter from Duvall’s Cherry Valley Dairy and fresh bread from The Commons and they pair very well with Matthews wines. They have plans to add more locally sourced products such as artisan meats and cheeses, enabling guests to enjoy small plates with their wine tastings.
You won’t recognize the old tasting room and wine production area when you walk in. It’s bright and light with white walls that remind you of a French farm house. There are plenty of tables and a inviting tasting bar. There is also outdoor seating with umbrellas and some propane patio heaters are a welcome addition for guests – rain or shine.