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The Columbia Valley AVA is Washington’s all-encompassing region with some 11 million acres of land in all. Included within its confines are six other American Viticultural Areas (AVA) including Yakima Valley, Red Mountain, Walla Walla Valley, Horse Heaven Hills, Rattlesnake Hills and Wahluke Slope. The Columbia Gorge and Puget Sound AVAs are the only appellations in Washington that fall outside of its borders. Despite the number of sub-appellations within its boundaries, there is the potential for further AVA development. The most significant places where the Columbia Valley is the primary appellation and does not overlap another AVA are the Royal Slope, the Columbia Basin, and the vast expanse north of the Rattlesnake Hills, which includes the entire region loosely called Columbia Cascade.

Apart from its sheer size, the Columbia valley is also widely seen on wine labels because many of Washington’s best known wineries are located in the Seattle metropolitan area. These wineries transport grapes over Read more »

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Varietals Produced in Columbia Valley View all

  • 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...

  • Syrah

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

  • Cabernet Sauvignon

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

  • Sauvignon Blanc

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

Popular Wineries in Columbia Valley View all

  • Milbrandt Vineyards

    Farming is in our blood. Our parents, grandparents, aunts and uncles all made their living workin...

  • Natalie's Estate Winery

    Our winemaking philosophy is to make wines that assure expression of each vineyard. Our wines are...

  • Masquerade Wine Company

    Welcome to Masquerade Wine Company, handcrafting fine Red Mountain Estate and vineyard-designate ...

  • Sockeye Winery

    In 2003, Andrew Browne launched Precept Wine Brands. He re-joined his partner Dan Baty from Corus...

  • White Heron Cellars

    White Heron Cellars is located in the middle of our vineyard property in the ghost town of Trinid...

  • Tsillan Cellars

    Tsillan Cellars Winery was established in 2000 and opened its doors on May 1, 2004 with the intro...

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Columbia Valley on Snooth

  • Black Sage Vineyard Merlot 2017


    Nice bold labeling to make a for the juice, well it pours a darker, more muddled version of what I'm used to seeing, with deeper purple hues around the rim and numerous oily legs form around the inside of the glass after a good swirl. Aromas that lean into currant, black fruits such as plum, blackberry and blueberry, vanilla oak... Read More

    Wine review by chriscage

  • Dirty Laundry Vineyard Reserve Gewurztraminer 2017


    A fairly light complexion that is of light yellow/grassy coloration and is super clear! The aromas are of dry grass, mineral, perfumed flower petals, and some tropical notes such as mango, papaya and muted pineapple. The flavors are a well rounded blend of tart citrus rind, floral spiciness and juicy tropical fruits, and mineral forward acidit... Read More

    Wine review by chriscage

  • Blue Mountain Vineyard and Cellars Pinot Blanc 2018


    The 2018 Pinot Blanc (a somewhat underappreciated white clone of Pinot - except in Alsace and western Germany) is made in a fashion applied to Chardonnay with gentle oak treatment. The nose is vanilla-infused sweet apple, and the entry, although softer and less dense than a Chard, has sweet water purity. About as good as it gets for this grape... Read More

    Wine review by zufrieden

  • Blue Mountain Vineyard and Cellars Reserve Cuvee Pinot Noir 2017


    Blue Mountain has been making fine Pinot Noir for some time now, and the 2017 Reserve Cuvee - made from an very ordinary Vendange - is nonetheless quite Burgundian translucent in the glass with a complex nose of sweet vanilla, spice, gentle fir and wild strawberry; entry carries obvious oak spice, strawberry preserve and soft tannin. Age-worthy... Read More

    Wine review by zufrieden

  • Blue Mountain Vineyards and Cellars Chardonnay 2017


    The 2017 Chardonnay (non reserve) is no ordinary Chard. This wine has structure to last, showing light yellow in the glass, with a nose of apple, vanilla (French oak), pure spring water laced with herbs. Not quite as nuanced as the reserve, but clean as a whistle on entry with white fruit and apple on the finish, and of course a hint of oak an... Read More

    Wine review by zufrieden

  • Oak Bay Vineyard Pinot Noir 2016


    Pours a muddled purple/cranberry color....quite unlike anything I've seen with this varietal before! The aromas are quite intense and of deep and dark structure......heavy black currant, sultana raisin, black cherry, linseed/flax oil and oak all help one another in balancing I warm it with my hands, I get huge whiffs of dark choco... Read More

    Wine review by chriscage

  • Clos du Soleil Fume Blanc 2017


    This Bordeaux Blanc blend (83% Sauvignon Blanc and 17% Semillon) carries a scent of lawn grass, gooseberry, kiwi and a whiff of vanilla (oak); entry is very crisp - though not unbalanced or unexpected for this region (Similkameen Valley, BC Canada), with healthy acidity, musky, grassy, grapefruit-citric, white berry flavours with a slight nut-oa... Read More

    Wine review by zufrieden

  • Blue Mountain Reserve Chardonnay 2016


    Blue Mountain rarely disappoints, and when it does it is usually not their fault. This 2016 Reserve Chardonnay is a benchmark for most of the Okanagan Valley BC Canada; it has a bit more aggressive oak treatment - something like some modern Grand Cru Chablis. But in this case it works: the wine is aging in grand style with gooseberry, cooking ... Read More

    Wine review by zufrieden

  • L'Ecole No. 41 Semillon 2016


    The L'Ecole No. 41 Semillon (14% Sauvignon Blanc) carries a medium yellow colour and an inviting ginger-oak-gooseberry nose with a good dollop of lime rind. Entry is velvety-smooth, with just a hint of warmth, oaky spice overlaying s bed of gooseberry and fig. This is a very good Bordeaux-style white that recalls Hunter Valley whites from Aust... Read More

    Wine review by zufrieden

  • Foxtrot the Waltz Pinot Noir 2017


    The 2017 Foxtrot Waltz is the last vintage by the Allander Family (sold in 2018 to American Douglas Barzelay et al.) although Gustav Allander remains to manage the winemaking. The robe of this wine is translucent cherry - reminiscent of a Beaune property, with an attractive strawberry confit and forest floor nose with a hint of cedar chest. Ent... Read More

    Wine review by zufrieden

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