Washington Wine


Washington State has become the second largest wine producer in the US, however its quality wine history is fairly new. The first wine grapes were planted in Fort Vancouver by the Hudson Bay Company in 1825. By the early 20th century, many European immigrants were producing wines of decent quality. By 1914, vineyards were dotting Yakima and Walla Walla Valleys. 
But the Prohibition halted commercial production considerably, even though this also forced a wave of home wine-making. After the Repeal, strict laws were set in place that isolated Washington’s wine industry. Even though some vinifera wines were being produced for private consumption, what emerged from Washington was only sweet and dessert wine made from Concord grapes. These same laws also prohibited California wines, so the majority of Washingtonians only drank what they knew, those sweet Concord wines. 
Then in the early 1960s scientists Walter Clore and Chas Nagel won an appeal to Read more »

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Varietals Produced in Washington View all

  • Merlot

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

  • 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...

  • Cabernet Sauvignon

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

  • Chardonnay

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

Subregions of Washington

  • Columbia Gorge

    The confusing thing about this AVA is that there are two places called “The Gorge” in Washington ...

  • Columbia Valley

      The Columbia Valley AVA straddles both Washington and Oregon, though the majority of its w...

  • Benton County

    Benton County is an emerging wine region in southwest Washington state. It straddles the Yakima...

  • Grant County

  • Horse Heaven Hills

    Bounded on the north by the ridge of the hills forming the southern border of the Yakima Valley, ...

Popular Wineries in Washington View all

  • Kestrel Wines

    We opened our winery in early 1999 on three acres in the Prosser Wine and Food Park. Our winery b...

  • A Maurice Cellars

    The exquisite wine at àMaurice starts with respecting the land — healthy vines mean healthy wi...

  • Russell Creek Winery

    Russell Creek Winery was founded in 1998 in the southeast corner of the State of Washington on a ...

  • Avery Lane

    Avery Lane offers a wide variety of premium wines from the Columbia Valley, representing some of ...

  • Cougar Creek Wine

    At Cougar Creek Wine, we specialize in homemade fruit and grape wines. These wines from our small...

  • Amavi Cellars

    Our name is a combination of the Latin root words "am" (love) and "vi" (life). It represents our ...

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  • Wilridge Winery Mélange Bordeaux-Style Blend 2001


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    Wine review by Old goat

  • Chateau Ste. Michelle Riesling Columbia Valley 2006


    12% ABV. A little mineral and stone, with slight home perm and petrol in nose and a little spritz. Flavors of sea salt and grapefruit, with a slight metallic finish. Ver light color. More angular than a Moselle, and a little heavier on the palate. Definite WA state style. Very nice and one of the best examples of WA Riesling I've had. Read More

    Wine review by schellbe

  • Duck Pond Merlot Columbia Valley 2005


    This is a well balanced Merlot. Dark fruit, toasty oak, mocha. Soft tannins and a nice finish. A very nice wine @ a very good price. Read More

    Wine review by wlstiles3

  • Chateau Ste. Michelle Riesling Columbia Valley 2008


    The nose is a bit tight, but there are notes of citrus, floral , and stone. Mandarin orange predominates the palate along with a bit of peach. Off dry, with a finish longer than I expected. Read More

    Wine review by ONUMello

  • Reininger Cabernet Sauvignon Walla Walla Valley 2001


    Sweet toasted oak with dirty earth on the nose. Perfectly balanced mellow black cherries with a lean toward plums and a slightly sweet long gentle finish. This is some great stuff. Read More

    Wine review by solomania9

  • Owen Roe Riesling Yakima Valley Dubrul Vineyard 2002


    This is the second bottle I've had that has been over the hill. Nice carmelized and mineral nose, a little like Trimbach Cuvee Emile. Unfortunately, the flavors are totally dried out and sour. I plead ignortance to West Coast Rieslings, but I suspect they do not have sufficient acidity for long keeping (unlike the French). Better for drinking un... Read More

    Wine review by schellbe

  • 14 Hands Cabernet Sauvignon Washington 2004


    Loved it. For the price, it can't be beat ! Read More

    Wine review by Henry wines

  • Charles Smith Riesling Washington Kung Fu Girl 2008


    Subtle honey and lilac notes on the nose and effervescent on the palette with notes of citrus, pear and minerality. There is a very nice finish of apricot and golden apple that gentle fades away. Crisp, dry and acidic Riesling with a low amount of residual sugar. This was a great match for Singapore rice noodles and really helped cut the heat... Read More

    Wine review by atonalprime

  • Columbia Crest Merlot Horse Heaven Hills H3 2007


    I personally have a hard time finding a merlot I enjoy, but this fit the bill. Oaky on the nose, but the palate was loaded with red cherry & blueberry (almost Gusher-like to use a Garyveeism) and chocolate; the oak did not come through there nearly as much. Soft but good tannins with a lengthy finish. Read More

    Wine review by ONUMello

  • Columbia Crest Two Vines Chardonnay Columbia Valley Washington State Usa Stelvin Closure 2008


    Citrus and buttery nose, leading into a creamy palate with orange notes, and a lengthy finish with notes of lime. Good acidity that cuts through the oak. Read More

    Wine review by ONUMello

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