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Pronounced WAH-luke, the Wahluke Slope is an isolated, south-facing plateau bordered in the west and south by the winding Columbia River, to the north by the Saddle Mountains and the east by the Hanford Reach, a vast area of scrub-land surrounding the nuclear facility.

Despite its middle-of-nowhere location, there is a long grape-growing history here, centered around the tiny town of Mattawa. A German company, Langguth, planted hundreds of acres of Riesling in the early 1980s and made some very fine wines for a few years before abandoning the project. But others persisted, and today there are more than 5200 vineyard acres, many of which provide grapes to wineries across the state.

The Wahluke Slope, along with Red Mountain, is Washington’s warmest site, with heat units exceeding 3,000 year in and year out. The desert heat and abundance of water create the right conditions for large-scale production of fine wine grapes. Though well off the beaten tourist path (only one winery and two production facilities 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...

  • 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...

  • Sémillon

    History of the grape: Little is documented about the early years of this grape, which is surprising due to its distin...

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  • Vitis Ridge

    Vitis Ridge has five partners, including Glen Brunger, Chris and Sharon Deckelmann and Bruce and ...

  • Balsamroot Winery & Vineyard

    Visit our small boutique winery on the north shore of Lake Chelan in picturesque Manson, Washingt...

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  • Tamarack Cellars Cabernet Franc Columbia Valley 2006


    Dark boysenberry hue, aromas of blueberries, currants and mocha; chewy flavor notes of black plum and olive with integrated, rich tannins over a focused finish. A nice cab franc! Read More

    Wine review by InWineTruth

  • Eliseo Silva Syrah' 2006


    Medium body, hints of currant, tobacco, nice depth and silky finish. Read More

    Wine review by dnf

  • I am so behind, but went here summer of 2011 with some friends.  We ... ... ... Canoe Ridge Cabernet2006 Wahluke Slope Syrah2008 Ethos Reserve Merlot2007 Cold Creek Merlot    This was our favorite!!Our next full day we started at a must-see, in Delille.  Everything they do, I enjoy.  Here, we tasted their:2010 Doyenne Roussanne2010 Chaleur Est... Read More

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  • Bergevin Lane Chardonnay Wahluke Slope Linen 2009


    Scoring an 85 point Best Buy from the Wine Enthusiast this easy-drinking wine ... ... wine originated at the Wahluke Slope in Central Washington state. One of the warmest grape-growing climates in the state it is best-known for producing the Syrah, Merlot and Cabernet Sauvignon that Washington earned its wine chops on. The 2009 vintage was a ... Read More

    Wine review by terroir360

  • Gilbert Cellars Wahluke Slope Syrah 2006


    Carmel flavor with hint of cherry, better with age Read More

    Wine review by Yvette Lippert

  • Tamarack Cellars Cabernet Franc Columbia Valley 2010


    spicy cherry with oak. i don't know how to describe it but I like the way the tannins don't pucker your mouth or glue to your palatte but are definitely there, but are smooth and balanced. I guess that is what they mean by "structured" Read More

    Wine review by kimberlyaurora

  • Duck Pond Red Blend Wahluke Slope Red Blend 2009


    Fairly oak at first sniff but lurking under the veneer of wood lies some attractive herbal notes and spicy, fresh black fruits. Bright and rather taut on entry with lovely black plum skin fruit that plays off the nuanced oak spice of the palate. Blackberries and black currants join in on the mid-palate with some dusty cinnamon notes, and a feath... Read More

    Wine review by Gregory Dal Piaz

  • Saint Laurent Merlot Wahluke Slope 2007


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    Wine review by kimberlyaurora

  • Powers Red Bordeaux Blend Columbia Valley Cabernet-Merlot 2009


    Tonight I am enjoying a bottle of 2009 Powers Columbia Valley Cabernet Sauvignon, a nice wine at a very nice price that I picked up last weekend. This wine has a lovely deep ruby color in the glass, and the nose exhibits classic Columbia Valley Cabernet aromas of leather, cedar, licorice, cocoa powder, and a bit of vanilla and floral overtones ... Read More

    Wine review by jtryka

  • Hogue Cellars Cabernet Sauvignon Wahluke Slope Reserve 2008


    No written review

    Wine review by 1rockiesfan

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