Tinte Cellars Georgetown opens this fall

Tinte Cellars in late fall will open a new tasting room and event venue at 5951 Airport Way S. in Seattle’s Georgetown neighborhood, the company said in a press release.

Tinte Cellars Georgetown will be in a refurbished turn-of-the-century building, which has housed a general store, folk art shop, and a butchery and smokehouse. Most recently, a scooter sales and service shop operated there. The building is being restored and slightly expanded and will retain the bright yellow Vespa scooter on the roof.

Menter Byrne Architects designed Tinte Cellars Georgetown and Krekow Jennings is the contractor. Color & Design Studio is the interior designer.

The 1,600-square-foot space will have large pane windows, barn red and black shiplap siding, concrete floors, lots of natural light, reclaimed timber, original accents, a Northwest color palette, mobile European modern cabinetry, and hardware details with a modern bent. Bright gallery walls will display local artists’ work.

It will accommodate wine tastings and special functions and include a catering kitchen for up to 100 guests. A tall glass garage door will open onto an 800-square-foot back patio.

The winery’s production facility and two other tasting rooms will remain in Woodinville.

In 2018, Teresa Spellman Gamble, the daughter of the late Washington Governor John Spellman, and her husband, Tim Gamble, purchased Woodinville’s William Church and Cuillin Hills wineries creating the umbrella brand, Tinte Cellars. Wines released under the Tinte Cellars label are cabernet franc, malbec, syrah, viognier, sauvignon blanc and Rose of Counoise.

Spellman Gamble said Georgetown’s history as a destination for revelers before, during, and after prohibition makes it a perfect location for Tinte to serve its club members and introduce its wines to more people.

Each year, Tinte Cellars selects a few nonprofits to receive part of its wine sales, the company said. In 2020, 5% of all retail sales and 10% of all wine club sales will be split equally between Mary’s Place, Northwest Harvest, and Seattle Children’s Behavioral Health Crisis Care Clinic.

In January 2020, Tinte’s philanthropic commitment of cash and in-kind donations to local nonprofits was $177,000.

King County records show Tinte Holdings LLC bought the 2,663-square-foot lot and building in Georgetown in July 2018 for $1.2 million from Victor Voris, who bought it in 1991 for $42,250.




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