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...

  • Sauvignon Blanc

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

  • Chardonnay

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

  • 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...

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

  • Cougar Crest Winery

    COUGAR CREST ESTATE WINERY was established at the Walla Walla Airport in 2001 by Deborah and Davi...

  • Terra Blanca Winery & Estate Vineyard

    Terra Blanca Winery and Estate Vineyard is located on internationally recognized Red Mountain in ...

  • Va Piano Vineyards

    Established in 2005, specialize in red variatels, Syrah, Cabernet Sauvignon and Merlot.

  • DeLille Cellars

    DeLILLE CELLARS is a small winery located in Woodinville, Washington and was originally co-fou...

  • Cougar Creek Wine

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

  • Jones of Washington

    Over fifty years of farming experience in the Columbia basin has led to the breaking of new groun...

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  • Claar Cellars Sauvignon Blanc Washington 2008


    Lots of stone fruit aromas catch the nose of this fruity Sauvignon Blanc. Peaches, apricots and mangoes are followed by notes of white pear and pineapple. The mouth is round with touches of exotic fruits and is vibrant on the finish. It is an excellent wine for any shellfish, shrimp and sushi or as an aperitif. Read More

    Wine review by Claar Cellars

  • Chateau Ste Mich Cabernet Sauvignon Indian Wl 2005


    No written review

    Wine review by nanhengwu

  • Lately I've been trying to be a more environmentally-friendly consumer, such as ... ... near NYC often (Boston, Washington D.C., Philadelphia, etc.) so if you have hidden treasures there too, that would be great too Read More

    Forum post in the topic Good Organic and Vegan wines?...

  • Chateau Ste. Michelle Eroica Riesling 2006


    Love it. Delicious. Read More

    Wine review by Ckinser1

  • Chateau Ste. Michelle Gewürztraminer Columbia Valley 2007


    No written review

    Wine review by TechFly

  • Tamarack Cellars Chardonnay Columbia Valley 2007


    Pretty and fun tropical fruits are quite apparent in the nose with a quite apparent hit of oak. A full dare I say unctious mouthfeel follows with a semi-dry finish.The light oaking hints of refined tobacco, touches of green capsicum, and a subtle spice....and quite long in the nose with a light bit of icing sugar. A slight bittering in the fin... Read More

    Wine review by 22415brewery

  • Columbia Crest Cabernet Sauvignon Columbia Valley 2005


    No Question. CC's Grand Estate Cab. is superb.The local retailer up here had a post holiday close out at $200 a case. I think it was a "goof".Anyway I thought a case was a "safe buy". Wrong!I blew through that (with help from my wife) in about two months. If you can find it Buy it!SA Read More

    Wine review by akstevea

  • Cougar Crest Red Blend Walla Walla Valley Dedication Three NV


    An easy drinking wine with hints of buttery oak. Meaty and well balanced. Finishes with a touch of pepper. Read More

    Wine review by Lelesnatural

  • An interesting read regarding the oft-underestimated Virginia vino and some ... ... Of course:http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/story/2009/08/18/ST2009081802401.htmlGlass ActsIn Our Wine Tasting, Virginia Shows It Can Compete With France and Napa ValleyBy Dave McIntyreSpecial to The Washington Post Wednesday, August 19, 2009The "J... Read More

    Forum post in the topic "Glass Acts" (Washington...

  • Waterbrook Winery Melange Red Table Wine 2003


    No written review

    Wine review by sacrifice333

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