If someone were to pick a perfect spot for a winery, it might be exactly the same spot Mike and Judi Scott settled on for their own more than a decade ago.
On a bluff in East Wenatchee overlooking the Columbia River, where the climate and soil is ideal for growing wine grapes.
"We have so much to share here," Mike Scott says of his Martin-Scott Winery. "I can remember enjoying a glass or two with a new friend from Seattle and he put his hand on my shoulder and he said, 'You're living the dream, aren't you?' And you know, I had to agree."
Founded in 2000, Martin-Scott was one of the first in what has developed into a burgeoning group of wineries in the Wenatchee Valley and North Central Washington. Today, more than 60 wineries grace the hillsides and valleys of the region.
For the Scotts, the decision to get into the wine industry was a leap of faith. Mike Scott, a 1962 Eastmont High School graduate, had been the orchard business for years. But in the late 1990s, he replaced some of his Red Delicious apples with grapes, and he and his wife took wine-making classes.
Today, the couple own two vineyards — one on the Martin-Scott Winery property and the other on a site near Mattawa. From those grapes come small-batch wines, including rieslings, chardonnays, syrahs, cabernets and merlots.
There is a wine-tourism aspect to the business as well.
On many days and nights during the warm-weather months — with the Columbia River below and the Cascade Mountains in the distance — the place attracts visitors and locals who mingle together in what is undoubtedly one of the most beautiful settings in the country for a winery.