Yakima Valley Wine

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Yakima Valley, within the Columbia Valley district, became Washington State’s first official AVA in 1983. Wine-making in the valley can be traced back to the early days of the pioneers in the 1860s, but its commercial success didn’t hit until much later. In the 1930s, oenologist Dr. Walter Clore of Washington State University Research Center, established experimental vineyards in the valley. In the 1960s, Charles Nagel is credited with starting the Washington Wine Project focusing on Yakima Valley grapes that were grown by Clore. By the early 1980s, Covey Run and Hogue Cellars had achieved commercial success just before the AVA was designated. Today, Yakima Valley has the most concentrated vine plantings in the state, making up a large percentage of its wine production and grape-sourcing.
The cool-climate region is largely protected by a rain shadow formed by the Cascade Mountains. The Yakima river and its tributaries and canals provide the needed irrigation for the wineries Read more »

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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...

  • Cabernet Sauvignon

    “King of the Red Wine Grapes.” The colonizer of the vineyards, pushing native wine grapes into its shadows. The Caber...

  • Cabernet Franc

    History of the grape: References to it in the Loire region of France date as far back as the mid 12th century. But it...

  • Merlot

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

  • Syrah

    The irony here is that Syrah’s origins could give Carmen Sandiego a run for her international wallet. Syrah’s deepest...

Popular Wineries in Yakima Valley View all

  • Stina's Cellars

    We are an award winning, family owned and operated winery that specializes in small lots of hig...

  • Chuckanut Ridge

    Since 2002 we have been making award-winning wines in Whatcom County. We source our grapes from s...

  • Yakima River Winery

    The Yakima River Winery was founded in 1977 by the John W. Rauner family and is still owned by t...

  • Côte Bonneville

    Hugh and Kathy Shiels planted the steep rocky south-facing slopes of the DuBrul Vineyard in 1992....

  • Eagle Haven Winery

    Eagle Haven Winery is located in the foothills of the North Cascade Mountain Range in Skagit Coun...

  • Bonair Winery

    Bonair Winery is situated in the Rattlesnake Hills of the Yakima Valley, Washington State's forem...

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  • J. Bookwalter Red Blend Red Mountain Protagonist 2011


    enjoyed at tasting room in Woodinville. big and bold. syrah and Bordeaux characters are distinct. Read More

    Wine review by kimberlyaurora

  • Arborbrook Vineyards Klipsun Vineyards M.L.H. Sauvignon Blanc 2013


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  • Mark Ryan Red Bordeaux Blend Red Mountain Long Haul 2010


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  • Lone Birch Riesling 2011


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  • Pacific Rim Winemakers Gewurztraminer Yakima Valley 2009


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  • I have wine from 1979 year and 1 from 419 cases. This GEWURZTRAMINDER from Yakima Valley Vineyard . This is red wine in small batel. Is any body who looking to purchase this tips of wine??georgeglas3@clear.net Read More

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  • Stonecap Syrah 2011


    Lovely aromatics of macerated herb stems, grilled beef, violets, sweet wood spice and a hint of minerality come together on the finely balanced and focused nose. A hint of sweetness accentuates the wild cherry and maraschino cherry fruit this shows on entry, along with a hint of vanilla but this quickly gains a bit of tension in the mouth, showi... Read More

    Wine review by Gregory Dal Piaz

  • Betz la Cote Rousse Syrah Red Mountain 2011


    Inky on the nose and rich with aromas of dried herbs, roasted coffee, and almost gamy meat topped with spicy black pepper notes. Another big wine thats underpinned with good acids and fine ripe, polished tannins that lend this a voluptuous texture. Theres lots of tobacco, meat juices, and a bit of brown spice on the powerful palate which reve... Read More

    Wine review by Gregory Dal Piaz

  • Lone Birch Pinot Gris 2012


    smooth, with notes of stone fruit, and a hint of pineapple scent Read More

    Wine review by N S

  • Canoe Ridge Cabernet Sauvignon Red Mountain Taylor 2011


    Power and complexity on the nose, along with great complexity to the herbal spice, subtle fruit and noticeable backing spice aromas. This is big, rich, and chewy yet soft and supple. A bit low on acid perhaps but with great, transparent red currant and red cherry in a supple style. After an early hint of candied sweetness this turns firm and... Read More

    Wine review by Gregory Dal Piaz

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