Clint Peck - Owner & Winemaker
Our grapes are harvested from the small family vineyards in the Yakima Valley of Washington. Each fall during "crush" we transport approximately 8,000 lbs. of wine grapes back to Montana where they are then crushed within 30 hours of picking.
The Tasting Room
~ Hours ~
Mon - Thurs - 1:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Fri-Sat - 1:00 pm - 11:00 pm
Call for off-hours appointments.
We'll be happy to meet you at the winery!
We accept all major credit cards!
More than a place...
"Small producers are the ones showing us the way to a greater wine goodness."
An article in "Wine Spectator" puts community-based "artisan" wineries like ours into perspective...
"American wine drinkers increasingly are expecting to drink local. They expect to be able to visit their wineries... Not least, they expect to experience something different."
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In the Tasting Room
Glass pours of ANY of our wines are served daily for $6.00/ glass.
Wine is also available for purchase by the bottle or the case in the Tasting Room. Cases can be single OR mixed variety. Tasting Room Club members receive a 13th bottle FREE with the purchase of a case.
We attended a wine pairing party in San Diego and brought two bottles of your Cab Franc as our contribution, paired with organic bison sliders with huckleberry bbq sauce. Everyone loved it, and we were told that it was the best pairing of the party! Thought you might like to know that your reputation is now spreading far and wide!
- customer Facebook message
I live in Idaho wine country and visiting Billings was nice but I was missing a good winery. On my last day in Billings we found Yellowstone Cellars. Very good wine! I loved just about everything and bought an entire case because I knew my husband would want to taste everything especially the Malbec, Chenin Blanc, Carmenere... oh who am I kidding? I love it all!
We went there pick up souvenir's for friends back home and were very pleased with our choice. The cellar is in and small business park but did have plenty of street parking for our RV. The proprietors were very helpful and kind. They even directed to a great little place in town to take the kids for lunch. If we were local it would be a great place to hang out with friends.
I enjoy the wine here very much. The grapes are grown in Washington and then they make the wine here in billings, with a nice result. The ambiance is nice, especially if you enjoy sitting outdoors under twinkly lights.
Yellowstone Cellars is located in a warehouse neighborhood behind the Holiday Inn off of the King Ave/Mulowney Lane exit. I went with low expectations for the wine and have come away surprised. The wine is as good as many wines I've sampled in other wine tasting regions like Napa, Sonoma, Santa Barbara, Walla Walla, etc. This is a can't miss in Billings.
... tasting room is top notch. This place is a true gem, if you are in Billings, you really should stop there!
...wines are as good as, if not better, than any wines that I have enjoyed. All of his grapes come from Washington state and are pressed and fermented at his establishment. My wife and I are very impressed and plan on starting our next date night there. Great wine and great company is guaranteed!
The winery is simple, pleasant and informal. Clint's wines are not your run-of-the-mill wines. The grapes are grown in Washington and the background and training come from his brother & sister-in-law who own a winery there. Yellowstone's offerings run the gamut and all are good, but the Malbec is wonderful. The wines tend to be released a bit young--rack them and let them age a year. Wonderful! Bottles average in the $20 range.
You might notice as you look at our new labels that our 2011 vintage red wines have the designation "American" as opposed to "Washington" as the American Viticultural Area (AVA - see footnote below) that appears on our pre-2011 vintage labels.
The reason: It has to do with federal labeling laws. Prior to the 2011 harvest I "produced" my wines at Dakota Creek Winery (owned by my brother and sister-in-law) located near Blaine, WA.
Because the pre-2011 wines were produced in Washington, I was able to label them accordingly.
But, since 2011 YC&W wines are being produced in Billings, Montana (even thought I'm processing Washington grapes) by federal law I can't specify "Washington" anywhere on the label. Nor can I use "Montana" on the label because the grapes were not grown in Montana.
Therefore, the only legal alternative for me at this point is to label our wines as "American" as the AVA.
Footnote: An American Viticultural Area (AVA) is a designated wine grape-growing region in the U.S. distinguishable by certain geographic features (i.e. "Napa", "Columbia Valley", "Washington", American, etc) with boundaries defined by the Alcohol and Tobacco Tax and Trade Bureau (TTB), U.S. Department of Treasury.
IT'S ALL ABOUT THE GRAPES...
As many of you know, grape harvest is just around the corner. We're gearing up to make our first grape run about Sept 20. Our grape contracts are with vineyards located in the Yakima Valley of Washington. This region has gained tremendous respect worldwide for the quality of the fruit produced. We'll again harvest grapes from Lonesome Spring Ranch, Benton City; Elephant Mountain Vineyards, Wapato; and Crawford Farms, Prosser.
Therefore, we were delighted to read a recent issue of Wine Press Northwest that chronicled 50 years of wine grape production in the Yakima Valley, calling it the "cradle of Washington wine." The author went on to say: "Today, many of the state's most famous red wine grape vineyards are in the Yakima Valley, including Boushey, Ciel du Cheval, DuBrul, Elephant Mountain, Harrison Hill, Klipsun, Lonesome Spring, Olsen, Red Willow, and Upland. These are stalwarts of the industry, vineyards that any winery is proud to proclaim its label."
To learn more about grapes from this region, click here:
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Monday - Thursday: 1:00-9:00 pm
Friday - Saturday: 1:00-11:00 pm
Sunday: 1:00-6:00 pm
Website Updated: 8.25.15
Double-Header Music Weekend
~ Friday, August 21 ~
Sal & Kathy Garibay
No cover charge - It promises to be another beautiful weekend on the patio!
Open Mic Night!
Come on down to the winery for the best live music in town!
For information on
Randy Wyman (406) 861-0749
2,500 sq ft WAREHOUSE/OFFICE SPACE
1331 Holiday Circle - Next door to the winery
$2,150/month includes basic utilities
Clean, heated/cooled warehouse with
reception area/storefront, office and ADA restrooms. Permanent parking spots & forklift available.
50'x50' - Available after Aug 1
Contact Clint for details -
or at the Winery
Yellowstone Cellars & Winery presents the
& Crush Festival
Wine, Food, Fundraising, & Fun!
Saturday, September 26 - 1:00-6:00 pm
Tickets: $15 per person
(Includes a glass of wine, time in the Stomp Tank,
and a donation to a local charity!