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The common misconception about the climate of the Puget Sound AVA, Washington State’s lone appellation west of the Cascade Mountains, is that growers must contend with rainforest-like conditions. In fact, some of the earliest vineyards in the state were planted here over a century ago.

The AVA boundaries are in part defined by areas receiving “60 inches or less ” annual precipitation, but most vineyards only see between 30-40 inches. More important is that most of the annual rainfall occurs between November and April, far outside the growing season. In fact, summers in western Washington approach drought conditions in many years, and vineyard irrigation is not uncommon.

There are but 80 acres planted, widely scattered throughout the region, which includes mainland, island and Olympic peninsula sites. Puget Sound growers focus their efforts on producing and promoting varieties found in few other places in North America — early-ripening varieties such as Madeleine Angevine, Siegerrebe, Muller Thurgau Read more »

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  • Cabernet Sauvignon

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  • Pinot Noir

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  • 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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  • E. B. Foote Winery

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  • Cougar Creek Wine

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  • Trillium Creek Winery

    Claude and Claudia Gahard began making wine twenty eight years ago in Walla Walla, long before th...

  • Bainbridge Island Vineyards & Winery

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