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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  • 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...

  • 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...

  • Chardonnay

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

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  • Glen Fiona

    Established in 1994, Glen Fiona (Gaelic for "Valley of the Vine") was Walla Walla valley's firs...

  • Thomas O'Neil Cellars

    The desert of eastern Washington State may seem an unlikely place to craft great wines, but it...

  • Sweet Valley Wines

    Our winemaker, Josh McDaniel’s, is an up and coming wine making guru for the new millennium. He c...

  • Vital

    Our Story   Vital Wines produces wines that complete a circle.  All proceeds go to the SOS ...

  • Covington Cellars

    Making small quantities of wine from the highest quality fruit is only half of our goal here at C...

  • Spring Valley Vineyard

    Spring Valley Vineyard is situated 12 miles northeast of Walla Walla, spread amid the picturesque...

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