Poised on a gentle hillside surrounded by pear orchards, vineyards and the majestic wooded peaks of the Cascade Mountains, the five-acre estate offers a magnificent tasting room and entertainment hall designed by renowned Montana architect Jerry Locati and built by the founder, with towering scissor-truss roof frame, broad windows, and stone fireplaces warming the front great-room, the rear tasting room, and outdoor stone patio.
Silvara Vineyards is the dream project of partners Gary Seidler and Cindy Rarick. Just east of the Bavarian village of Leavenworth, the lodge-style tasting room crowns a broad knoll from which you can enjoy a spectacular view of the Upper Wenatchee river valley while tasting a variety of wines.
In fall or winter, sit back with your wine in one of our leather seating areas and bask in the warmth of two fireplaces; in summer, catch a live band playing on the green as you relax out-of-doors with a picnic while overlooking the wildflower carpeted hillside. We also offer delicious winemaker dinners paired with our wines.
Besides offering wine tastings, the facility welcomes large or small businesses and social gatherings, and will work with couples to provide their memorable dream wedding.
Silvara was founded in 2008 by Gary Seidler, a recent graduate of the prestigious school of winemaking at California’s UC Davis, and Cindy Rarick, a 25-year professional golfer.
Gary is a serial entrepreneur, having established 4 different companies previously. In his past ventures, Gary owned an information technology company for 17 years in Scottsdale, Arizona. In the 70’s and 80’s Gary worked as a touring sound engineer for national recording artists.
Originally from Glenwood Minnesota, Cindy attended University of Hawaii on a golf scholarship. Living in Hawaii made it difficult to travel and compete in the game she loved, so she returned to the mainland. In 1981, Cindy took the plunge and turned pro, and in 1985, qualified for the LPGA tour. Cindy has won 5 LPGA tournaments during her career.
Gary had long been acquainted with various wine making families in upstate New York and in Napa Valley and it was these who first inspired him with the love of wine. Prepared to launch his own winery, he turned to Washington State for its agriculture, climate, and burgeoning wine industry, and made his first wines under apprenticeship to Craig Mitrakul, a winemaker with experience in Australia, upstate New York and now Washington. Cindy Rarick, now Director of Silvara Vineyards, provided vital support and partnership throughout the creation of this vision, from the construction to the daily workings of the winery. Today Silvara is a testament to their hard work and the love for what they do.