Prosser’s Coyote Canyon Winery is doubling the size of its winery and tasting room.
Owners Mike and Martha Andrews say the expansion was needed to keep up with the growth of the winery.
They took over an adjoining space at the Winemaker’s Loft in January, bringing the winery from 900 square feet to 1,800 square feet.
A grand opening for the expansion is 4-8 p.m. April 17 at the winery in Vintner’s Village, 357 Port Avenue, Studio A, in Prosser.
Local band The Flat Possum Pickers, featuring world champion fiddler Patsy Mercer, also will perform starting at 5:30 pm. Friday.
The tasting room now features the history of the Andrews family and an art gallery. The east wall of the tasting room displays artwork by Martha Nelson Andrews.
The west wall of the tasting room includes photos covering four generations of family history.
Mike Andrews’ grandfather began a farm in the desolate region south of the Yakima Valley and was responsible for clearing sagebrush from more than 100,000 acres for other farmers.
Andrews planted Coyote Canyon Vineyard in 1994 after spending years growing other crops and running a cattle business. Through the years, he has continued to expand his vineyard.
Andrews opened his own winery in 2006 to showcase his grapes.
The brand H/H on the label of the winery’s Reserve wines used to stand for the Andrews’ family ranch Horse Heaven Herefords. Now, it refers to the Horse Heaven Hills wine grape growing area.
In addition to the expansion, the winery also hired on Julie Gabriel as the new tasting room manager.
The winery plans to continue to celebrate its grand opening by waiving tasting fees Saturday and Sunday.
The new tasting room hours are 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Thursday, 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. Friday and Saturday and noon to 5 p.m. on Sunday.
For more information, go to www.coyotecanyonwinery.com.