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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  • 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...

  • 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...

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  • MacCallum Family Cellars

    MacCallum Family Cellars is the fulfillment of two-decades worth of passion and years of dreaming...

  • Apex Cellars

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

  • Greenbank Cellars

    Greenbank Cellars winery is located on a 5-acre parcel that used to be the homestead of the Day F...

  • Airfield Estates Winery

    Our winery provides a delightful, one of a kind tasting experience! Quality with Every Drop W...

  • Stevens

    After working as a commercial artist, now Winemaker, Tim Stevens found his passion through a mean...

  • Pacific Rim

    First released by Randall Grahm of Bonny Doon Vineyard in 1992, Pacific Rim Dry Riesling quickly ...

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