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)
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.