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

  • 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...

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

  • Thurston Wolfe

    Dr. Wade Wolfe and Rebecca Yeaman started Thurston Wolfe Winery in 1987 to realize their dream pr...

  • Boomtown

    What is BOOMTOWN? BOOMTOWN by Dusted Valley offers varietal specific wines with one goal ...

  • Russell Creek Winery

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

  • Va Piano Vineyards

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

  • Jones of Washington

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

  • Badger Mountain Inc.

    The wines of Badger Mountain Vineyard and Powers Winery reflect the shared values of father and s...

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Washington on Snooth

  • Seven Hills Winery Cabernet Sauvignon Walla Walla Valley 2006


    Rich vanilla oak texture without overdoing it, a little bit of sweetness with dark berry notes. Black pepper and a hint of clove and mint, with some chocolate and tobacco. Read More

    Wine review by Chris Carpita

  • Seven Hills Winery Viognier Columbia Valley 2008


    immediate funk on the nose, a little caramelized, honey, pear and some burnt spices, definite spice on the palate makes for more complexity and nice acidic balance with the melon and citrus fruits that approach in taste. Read More

    Wine review by Nicki Gig

  • Seven Hills Winery Riesling Columbia Valley 2008


    Fun, easy drinking wine, would go great with perhaps a spicy Thai dish! I find melon and peach aromas, a little pear and sweet tea with some stone fruit on the palate. Read More

    Wine review by Nicki Gig

  • Seven Hills Ciel du Cheval 2007


    Light nose is still a little hot with a hint of an herbaceous character with some clay. Flavors are of blackberry, medium tannin and acidity. I would hope for some more balance between the acidity and the fruit, but it's a good wine, clean and refreshing. Light chocolate finish. Read More

    Wine review by mark

  • Seven Hills Winery Riesling Columbia Valley 2008


    There's a very soft apricot party in my mouth and you're invited. Syrupy sweet with a little chalkiness on the palate. Nice gently prickly finish. Very enjoyable. Read More

    Wine review by solomania9

  • Seven Hills Winery Riesling Columbia Valley 2008


    This wine has a lot of fun peachy flavors with a good acidic backbone. There's a decent amount of sugar to quench the tooth. I could drink half a pitcher of this stuff easily. Read More

    Wine review by Chris Carpita

  • Seven Hills Winery Riesling Columbia Valley 2008


    Reasonably soft and fruity aromas of dried apricots and pears. There's a pleasant, soft sweetness on the palate. Smooth, velvety mouthfeel, nice well balanced acidity and a hint of cream on the finish. Read More

    Wine review by mark

  • Woodward Canyon Nelms Road Merlot 2007


    thin. hits whole mouth Read More

    Wine review by mstory918

  • Please join us for JAQK Cellars Fall tasting event at Aventine.Enjoy delicious ... delicious ... Aventine582 Washington Street, at Montgomery StreetSan Francisco, CAWhen:Wednesday, November 11th5:00 - 8:00 PMTickets:$20 tasting fee per personAll JAQK Cellars wines will be on hand for purchase at the event. And just in time for the holidays, t... Read More

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  • Charles Smith Cabernet Sauvignon Columbia Valley Chateau Smith 2006


    This wine has a very light flavor and ends quickly. It has a deep red flavor, and a smokey smell. It doesn't pair well with food, but would be a good stand alone wine. Read More

    Wine review by abeth

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