Columbia Gorge Wine

The confusing thing about this AVA is that there are two places called “The Gorge” in Washington State, and both are steep canyons cut by the Columbia River. However, they are located in two completely different places! The Columbia Gorge AVA is one of the smallest and newest, bordering the western edge of the Columbia Valley AVA.

Here the Cascade Mountains are bisected by the Columbia River as it runs through a very narrow passage, creating a wind tunnel effect. The appellation includes land across the river in Oregon, although the vineyards there are less influenced by the Cascade Mountains and are at lower elevations than those on the Washington side. Roughly 350 acres are planted, but the quality of the grapes being grown has caught the attention of winemakers from both states. On the Washington side, vineyards are on south-facing slopes above the river. Those closest to the mountains are among the few in the state that can be dry-farmed. The most famous vineyard is Celilo, and it is particularly Read more »

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  • Pinot Noir

    “With so voluptuous a perfume, so sweet an edge, they make the blood run hot,” Joel Fleischman, wine columnist at Van...

  • Gewürztraminer

    Gewürztraminer’s direct and obvious charm has made it a popular varietal in almost every corner of the wine world. Ex...

  • Cabernet Sauvignon

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

  • Chenin Blanc

    History of the grape: Modern day French oenologist Pierre Galet states Chenin Blanc has been in France at least since...

  • Chardonnay

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

  • Merlot

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

Popular Wineries in Columbia Gorge View all

  • Columbia Gorge Winery

    I was born in Berkeley, Calif. and moved to Geneva, Switzerland when I was 9. My father worked f...

  • Mt. Hood Winery

    We presented Mt Hood Winery's first vintage in 2002, after several years of nurturing wine grapes...

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  • L'Ecole No. 41 Chenin Blanc 2013

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    Crisp and vibrant with a lively acidity. Nice floral aromas with citrus, apple and a hint of pink grapefruit. Refreshingly mouth watering. Great wine for summer or with food. Read More

    Wine review by anchca


  • L'Ecole No. 41 Chenin Blanc 2013

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    Wine review by anchca


  • Brooks Gewurztraminer Oak Ridge Vineyard Columbia Gorge 2012

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    Very clear pale yellow color. Typical, for Gewurz, foral--orange blossoms--"sweet" nose. On the tongue, not as much "spice" as you might expect from Gewurz. Lot's of orange or tangerine fruit flavors. Very detectable sweetness is balanced fairly well but acid. Very pleasant finish that lingers for a few seconds. US$15.00 at Everson Royce i... Read More

    Wine review by EMark


  • Phelps Creek Vineyards Pinot Noir Columbia Gorge le Petit 2009

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    This is the wine that opened the doors to the Pinot Noir world for me. Sweet, soft, and so inviting. You won't want to put this one down. I recommend serving it slightly chilled. Drink up! You won't regret it. Read More

    Wine review by peanutpalomino


  • L'Ecole No. 41 Chenin Blanc 2012

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    Wine review by ChandraLeGue


  • Klickitat Canyon Organic Syrah 2009

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    This is my first taste of Klickitat Canyon based in Lyle, Washington Columbia Gorge. It's totally organic and sulfite free. It has a fresh aroma. Tasting this wine emits a fresh raspberry flash in the mouth with a mild taste of cinnamon. Tannins are medium, not too overpowering but this is a definite dry Syrah. Not sure whether it needs more age... Read More

    Wine review by jamessulis


  • Ross Andrew Winery Pinot Gris Columbia Gorge Celilo Vineyard 2009

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    Fruit-driven nose of peach, orange peel and nectarine. Lush and ripe on the palate with exhilarating nectarine flavor and a captivating sweetness of fruit. Juicy and tasty. Really nice wine with good acid throughout.93 pts.8/12/11 at Winery Read More

    Wine review by VegasOenophile


  • Cerulean Red Sky 2009

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    Wine review by smithdaj54


  • Quagga Ridge Rosé 2009

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    Wine review by smithdaj54


  • L'Ecole No. 41 Merlot Columbia Valley 2008

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    Well, it has been a long day and I need to relax, so what better way than to enjoy a glass of wine from my favorite winery, L'Ecole No. 41! To celebrate the end of the day, I've decided to open a bottle of the 2008 Columbia Valley Merlot, a nice wine that is really a more basic wine made from some of the best grapes of the region, but done in a... Read More

    Wine review by jtryka


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  • http://www.columbiagorgewine.com/winery.htm A few of my favs are Pheasant Valley, Maryhill, Phelps Creek, Wy'East, Naked Winery and Cathedral Ridge. Definitely terrific wine here - on both sides of teh river ( BOTH STATES). Too bad this AVA is being listed as Washington here? Loads of wineries: boltoncellars.com cascadecliffs.c...

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