Winery opens on Orcas

Alexander Schemkes at his winery.

A father and son shared a dream to craft one of the finest wines that Washington has to offer, and that dream has become a reality in Orcas Island Winery.

Randy and Alexander Schemkes are ready to share their wine with both Orcas visitors and those who call the island home.


​Randy and Alexander began planting grape vines and crafting their wines in 2011. Since that time, they have gone through struggles, hardships and a couple of small disasters. But through perseverance and a strong family bond, they remained dedicated to their dream.

As Randy and Alexander continue on their wine-making journey, they invite you to their first tasting room that offers nine different varietals. The winery is located at 2371 Crow Valley Road and is now open Friday to Sunday, and from June to August Thursday through Monday. Hours are noon to 7 p.m. Visit www.orcasislandwinery.com for more information.