Meet Your (Wine) Maker: Barrel Wine Tours

June 14, 2017 By News Comments Off

Living near one of the country’s thriving wine regions is a privilege for us in the Pacific Northwest, and having wine tour company Barrel Wine Tours to guide us through all those delicious tastings is another. Shuttle Express partners with Barrel Wine Tours to bring guests to Woodinville in comfortable transportation so they can sit back, sip wine, have fun … and relax.

Washington State is the second largest premium wine producer in the U.S. and boasts an extremely high number of 90+ scoring wines (that means they’re of the highest quality). Woodinville is about 30 minutes from Seattle, home to more than 100 wineries and tasting rooms ranging from a grand chateau to a tiny garage. Cindy Lawson founded Barrel Wine Tours in 2009, drawing on her background as a marketer, professionally-trained chef, winery owner (she owns Covington Cellars) and business woman to launch the company. To read more about Cindy’s vision for the company, check out this recent article at Kabbage’s small business blog.

Barrel Wine Tours is not your average tour company. It’s a co-op of more than 30 Washington wineries working together to offer guests all-inclusive educational and entertaining tours. BWT’s professional tour guides share the history of the wine and its production and offer cellar tours of the wineries, introducing guests to the winemakers themselves, who offer tastings of their latest releases.

BWT hosts private, guided wine experiences for groups of 8 to 200 guests, both corporate and personal, with options including an afternoon of wine tasting, an elegant lunch or dinner at a winery, or even a workshop where everyone can blend and bottle their own wine.

Here’s what you can expect on one of their popular private tours:

  • Visit 3-to-4 boutique wineries and taste 4-to-5 wines at each winery.
  • Meet the winemakers and tour their cellars, sampling wines from the barrels.
  • Learn from a knowledgeable, entertaining guide.
  • Relax in luxury transportation.
  • Some tours feature gourmet, multi-course meals.

To book a private tour with Barrel Wine Tours, contact them at

To forego the tour and enjoy chauffeured service from spot to spot, contact us–we can help! Shuttle Express offers black car/limousine service and private charters for any event, including private wine tasting. Our professional chauffeurs are trained, insured, and drug tested for your safety and security. We will take care of the driving, traffic, and parking hassles so you can sip without worry. Reach us at