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Bounded on the north by the ridge of the hills forming the southern border of the Yakima Valley, and on the south by the Columbia River, the 570,000 acre Horse Heaven Hills AVA benefits from its unique location in several ways.

Most vineyards are planted on south-sloping hills above the river, with sandy, well-drained soils. They are whipped almost daily by winds blowing steadily from the west via the Columbia Gorge. The extreme winds reduce the risks of fungal diseases, thicken grape skins and concentrate juices.

Currently, the Horse Heaven Hills AVA includes just five wineries, but one of them, Columbia Crest, is the state’s largest. There are some 6040 acres of wine grapes planted — roughly a fifth of the state’s bearing acreage, and sizeable new plantings continue to go in. This is viewed as one of the most promising, and productive grape growing regions in the entire Columbia valley. Chardonnay, Merlot, Syrah and especially Cabernet Sauvignon are the stars here, and some of the oldest Cabernet Read more »

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  • Merlot

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

  • 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...

  • 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...

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  • Red Mountain is an AVA and it is AWESEOME!  Horse Heaven Hills has some very similar characteristics to Red Mountain.  Red Mtn has more minerality and earthiness.  Both are pretty warm.  I believe that Red Mountain is one of the warmest AVAs in Washington. Read More

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  • Drinking an 09 Petite Sirah from one of my favorite Seattle Urban Wineries and Horse Heaven Hills, one of my favorite Washington AVAs.  Dark currant, plums, cedar baking spices with an excellent tannin fueled backbone. Read More

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  • Columbia Crest H3 Red Blend les Chevaux 2013


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  • Columbia Crest H3 Red Blend les Chevaux 2013


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    Wine review by bobvree

  • Vineyard's ::  Horse Heaven Hills, Champ, Ciel de Cheval, Shaw, Hawks View, Chehlam and many, many others deserve more credit. Just my opinion. Back to the topic. not sure I want to watch the next discussion.? Read More

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  • The first bottle of CC Horse Heaven Hills I opened (in the spring) I wondered how it could possibly have been on the Wine Spectator top 100.  Next one I let breathe a while and it was a decent wine for the money for sure, but am still a little baffled that it could make the top 100 list.  For not quite $20, the Kiona cab sav kicks CC's butt. Read More

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  • 14 Hands White Blend Horse Heaven Hills Hot To Trot White 2011


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    Wine review by doublefantasy

  • Yeah vinOvinO, I bit too. An eclectic mix I think.Cabot Vineyards - Aged Zins ... 2013 Destiny Ridge Vineyard Horse Heaven Hills Syrah/Viognier, 2012 Elerding Vyd Horse Heaven Hills Tempranillo, 2013 Rattlesnake Road Vyd Columbia Valley Cabernet Franc, 2013 Willamette Valley Gamay Noir Rosé Eola-Amity Hills, 2013 Willard Farms/Thistle Vineyard... Read More

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  • Red, sorry to hear about that harrowing adventure to Total Wine, the insanity ... ... SauvignonColumbia Crest Horse Heaven Hills Cabernet SauvignonDry Creek Vineyard Cabernet SauvignonMartin RayWillamette Valley Vineyards Pinot NoirRocca Felice Barbera d'Alba Superiore Famiglia LanzavecchiaQuinta de Ventozelo Douro Quinta de Ventozelo Reserva... Read More

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  • Red,Another way to try wine with minimal expense is to have a party (you could ... Vineyards" (Washington, Horse Heaven Hills).  It's a great way to try a LOT of wine in a few hours.  Also got lucky as a couple of friends who know my birthday is this week handed me some bottles and said, "put these in your fridge immediately" (lest they become... Read More

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  • Alexandria Nicole Wines are all Fabulous!! Viognier, Quarry Butte, the list goes on and on Yummy!!!

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