Established 1983

  • Washington State's first federally-recognized AVA; includes more than 60 wineries.
  • Contains 16,042 vineyard acres (6,492 hectares), over one third of Washington's vineyards.
  • Most widely planted grape is Chardonnay, followed by Merlot and Cabernet Sauvignon.
  • Riesling and Syrah represent significant acreage, with Syrah in particular on the rise.
  • Silt-loam soils predominate allowing proper drainage necessary to keep vine's vigor under control.
  • 190 day growing season with annual precipitation of approximately 8 inches (20 cm).

Images of the Yakima Valley AVA

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