Bateaux Cellars is a boutique winery located near the Cowlitz River in Washington State. Our name honors the early explorers who traveled these NorthWest waters by bateaux, hand powered boats of commerce and exploration.  Our mission is to make exceptional Washington wines approachable, affordable and fun.  We hope you will join us on our voyage and visit us in Toledo, Washington. (Exit 57 off of I-5)


Our Story

Bateaux Cellars was founded in 2009 on 40 acres located in Lewis County Washington near the historic river town of Cowlitz Landing, long since washed away by the meandering Cowlitz River, and present day Toledo Washington. Starting in a modest outbuilding and doing as many festivals and events to get our brand noticed, our consistently high quality wines and welcoming environment have allowed Bateaux Cellars to grow steadily.


About the Owners

Steve and Cheryl Padula, ardent wine explorers of the Pacific Northwest and the world, are the owners of Bateaux Cellars and your hosts. Cheryl will most often meet you in our beautiful tasting room. Steve continues to hone his winemaking skills under the tutelage of Marcus Miller, winemaker for Airfield Estates and will happily give you a tour of the production area and may treat you to some barrel tasting. The winery started in a small outbuilding and is now housed in a stunning building containing production space, barrel and tank room, tasting room and event space.


About Our Grapes

We are committed to wine grape varietals grown in the Yakima AVA in central Washington. Presently we source all of our fruit from Airfield Farms’ 1,000-acre vineyard located near Sunnyside and Grandview Washington. We believe this area consistently provides us with remarkable grapes on which to base our French style blends and single varietal wines.


News and Awards

Great Northwest Wines gives our 2012 Cabernet Sauvignon an OUTSTANDING!

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Great Northwest Wines gives our 2012 Voyageur an OUTSTANDING!

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Awards and Recognition

  • Vancouver Craft Beer and Wine Fest 2015 – Double Gold, Muscato 2014

  • The Craft Wine Fest 2015 – Bronze Medal, Pinot Gris 2014

  • Vancouver Craft Beer and Wine Fest 2014 - Silver, Rose 2013

  • Vancouver Craft Beer and Wine Fest 2014 - Bronze, Cabernet Sauvignon 2012

  • Vancouver Craft Beer and Wine Fest 2014 - Gold, Vilaine (White Blend)

  • The Craft Wine Fest 2014 – Gold Medal, White Rhone Blend (Vilaine)

  • The Craft Wine Fest 2014 – Gold Medal, Late Harvest Viognier 2012

  • On The Road to Paradise Mt. Rainier Fall Wine Festival 2011 – Tasters’ Choice Award Voyageur (Bordeaux Blend) 2009

  • Wine Spectator 89 points Voyageur (Bordeaux Blend) 2009