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The Columbia Valley AVA straddles both Washington and Oregon, though the majority of its wineries are on the Washington side. This vast region is home to most of the state’s prestigious subregions.
The valley benefits from a natural rain shadow from the Cascade Mountains, which limits precipitation. It is located at 46 to 47 degrees latitude - the same as Bordeaux and Burgundy - with two hour’s more of sunlight than California. These long, hot days in summer followed by cool nights ensure a long growing season and peak phenol balance in the grapes grown here. Many of the vineyards are situated on the Columbia River and its tributaries, though many require some additional irrigation due to the dry conditions. Evenings can get quite cold and air turbines are used throughout the valley to guard against frost. But the frost has other benefits as this, along with its sandy soil, repels Phylloxera. This means that the vines grown in Columbia Valley are all “pure bred&rdquo Read more »

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  • Cabernet Sauvignon

    “King of the Red Wine Grapes.” The colonizer of the vineyards, pushing native wine grapes into its shadows. The Caber...

  • Syrah

    The irony here is that Syrah’s origins could give Carmen Sandiego a run for her international wallet. Syrah’s deepest...

  • Sauvignon Blanc

    Sauvignon Blanc is widely grown in California -- at over 15,000 acres, it’s now the third most planted variety -- and...

  • Merlot

    The Occitanian word “merlot” translates to “young blackbird.” An accurate description for this popular, early-budding...

  • Chardonnay

    British wine writer and critic, Jancis Robinson, once noted that throughout the 80’s and 90’s in the United States, C...

Popular Wineries in Columbia Valley View all

  • Sagelands Vineyard

    The "Four Corners" that produce our grapes are located in Washington State's preeminent wine regi...

  • Domaine Ste. Michelle

    For over 30 years, Domaine Ste. Michelle has defined American sparkling wine with its distinct...

  • Couvillion

    We're a small-production artisan winery. Our cabernet grapes come from the prestigious Sagemoor V...

  • Cascade Cliffs Estate

    Offering primarily red wines, Cascade Cliffs offers Bordeaux wines originally grown in the south ...

  • Zefina Winery

    Rob Chowanietz, a native of British Columbia, began his career in winemaking at Canoe Ridge Viney...

  • Silver Lake Winery

    Silver lake winery released its first vintage in the fall of 1989. In the past fifteen years the ...

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