Naches Heights

Established 2011

  • Naches Heights became the 12th AVA in Washington State in 2011
  • Currently there are about 40 acres planted to wine grapes in Naches Heights, but the AVA encompasses 13,254 acres in total.
  • The first grapes planted in the Naches Heights were Pinot Gris, Riesling, and Syrah in 2002.
  • Located within the Columbia Valley on an ancient volcanic bedrock plateau, Naches Heights is above the level of the Missoula Floods, at elevations ranging from 1,200 to 2,100 feet.
  • The boundaries of the Naches Heights are the Naches River to the north and east, Cowiche Creek to the south and west, and the lower Tieton River on the west.
  • The soil is comprised of windblown soil, also known as loess, which is heavy in clay and helps the soil to retain water. Around 10 to 13 inches of rain fall annually in the Naches Heights region. It is considered a cooler region for Washington State. 
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