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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  • Cabernet Sauvignon

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

  • Merlot

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

  • 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...

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  • Apex Cellars

    Apex Cellars is one of Washington's most respected wineries. Its three brands, Apex, Apex II, and...

  • William Church Winery

    "Making fine wine to create shared memories" William Church Winery is a family-owned boutique wi...

  • C. R. Sandidge Wines

    Starting in 1999: C. R. Sandidge Wines is a family owned and operated small boutique winery. Ray ...

  • Columbia Winery

    Columbia Winery was founded in 1962 during the birth of the Washington wine industry by a grou...

  • Hyatt Vineyards

    Hyatt Vineyards was established by Leland and Lynda Hyatt in 1983. Evolving from a modest Estate ...

  • Chuckanut Ridge

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

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