Columbia Valley Wine


The Columbia Valley AVA straddles both Washington and Oregon, though the majority of its wineries are on the Washington side. This vast region is home to most of the state’s prestigious subregions.
The valley benefits from a natural rain shadow from the Cascade Mountains, which limits precipitation. It is located at 46 to 47 degrees latitude - the same as Bordeaux and Burgundy - with two hour’s more of sunlight than California. These long, hot days in summer followed by cool nights ensure a long growing season and peak phenol balance in the grapes grown here. Many of the vineyards are situated on the Columbia River and its tributaries, though many require some additional irrigation due to the dry conditions. Evenings can get quite cold and air turbines are used throughout the valley to guard against frost. But the frost has other benefits as this, along with its sandy soil, repels Phylloxera. This means that the vines grown in Columbia Valley are all “pure bred&rdquo Read more »

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  • 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...

  • 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...

  • Merlot

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

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Popular Wineries in Columbia Valley View all

  • Amavi Cellars

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

  • Patit Creek Cellars

    Patit Creek Cellars was founded in 1999 and is considered a boutique winery at current production...

  • Gilbert Cellars, LLC

    Our winery was started in 2004 by brothers Nate and Sean Gilbert with the intention of making gre...

  • Ash Hollow Winery

    Ash Hollow is a boutique winery operation which focuses on producing ultra-premium quality wines....

  • Delmas

    THE VINEYARD Importantly, our first investment was the vineyard. Given the financial commitme...

  • Five Star Cellars

    David Huse retired in 1999 and soon found that he needed something to occupy his time. He had alw...

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  • Charles Smith Wines Merlot the Velvet Devil Columbia Valley 2014


    Very nice garnet color with purple/cranberry colors along the rim. The aromas are deep berry like(blackberry, cherry, blueberry), Earthy, slightly of spice and the! Very smooth fruit, black skinned berry and Earthy quality....mouthfeel is silky, and of smooth tannins that finishes juicy yet dry enough to want another taste soon a... Read More

    Wine review by chriscage

  • Vintage Ink 2013


    Vintage inky coloration, clarity is good, and just slightly brown hues around the rim. The aromas remind me of a Cab Sauv. and are of dark berry, chocolate, slightly boozy, and hints of strawberry sweetness. Flavors follow suit, and are jammy, strawberry, vanilla, woody oak and overall is nice! The mouthfeel is medium body, with smooth silky... Read More

    Wine review by chriscage

  • Amavi Cellars Cabernet Sauvignon Walla Walla Valley 2011


    Excellent wine with earthy tones accenting the rich dark berry fruits, clove and spice. Smooth tannic structure combines with good acidty to an aftertaste that is good and lasting. Paul - 91 points Read More

    Wine review by rckr1951

  • Amavi Cellars Cabernet Sauvignon Walla Walla Valley 2011


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    Wine review by boglebogle

  • Seven Hills Winery Dry Rose 2015


    2015 is much more explosive and feisty vs the '14 or '13. still a Cote's to contend with. Read More

    Wine review by William Djubin

  • Michael & David "Earthquake" Petit Sirah 2013 X2Waterbrook Merlot Reserve Columbia Valley 2012 X1 Read More

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  • Hedges Cellars Cabernet Merlot Syrah Cms Columbia Valley 2012


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  • Ryan Patrick Rose Columbia Valley 2015


    Soft violet and rose petal aromas with notes of sweet cranberry and ripe cherry blossom on the nose. In the mouth this is delicate, soft and fleshy with fruit notes of cherry, watermelon and a tart citrus note towards the finish. Read More

    Wine review by Snooth Editorial

  • Wayne Gretzky Okanagan Cabernet Sauvignon Syrah 2014


    Purpulish coloration with brown hues around the edges...good clarity and very nice lanky legs. Aromas are of Cassis/currant, blackberry, huge dark chocolate/cocoa, peppery spice, albeit muted, Earthy blackberry, molasses sweetness and hints of alcohol. The flavors follow suit with plenty of fruits and some deep cocoa/dark chocolate, spice and ... Read More

    Wine review by chriscage

  • Katy Michaud Washington Riesling Columbia Valley 2015


    A recent Naked Wines selection. Nice little number. a silver green gold clarity pour in the Glass. Opens with a mint lemon lime and 'ah this is a 'Riesling' yeast; then a bit of hazelnut honeyed apricot; then just a bit of bitter chocolate covered acacia and bitter orange marmalade rind. Quite soft medium-full mouthfeel with a pleasant acidity; ... Read More

    Wine review by puhnner

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