Yakima Valley is the backbone of the Washington State wine industry. It was the first appellation to be established here, and it remains the most significant.
Yakima Valley was the first winegrowing appellation established in
Washington State, and in the entire Pacific Northwest. The official American Viticultural Area (AVA) was designated in 1983.
Yakima Valley cultivates more than 17,000 acres of wine grapes with the most number of vineyards of any appellation in Washington State, and in the entire Pacific Northwest. Our vines supply half of Washington’s wine production, including 90 local wineries.
Yakima Valley vineyards support the finest Washington State and Pacific Northwest wineries in achieving excellence. Acclaimed brands that have grown to greatness showcasing Yakima Valley grapes include Quilceda Creek, DeLille Cellars, Andrew Will, Col Solare, Côte Bonneville, Betz Family, and Owen Roe.
Yakima Valley’s success is rooted in talented grape growers. Three generations collectively refine their experience of the land and support world-class, local viticulture research to make Yakima Valley central to Washington State’s winegrowing industry.
Yakima Valley encompasses significant diversity of climate, topography and soil; and this diversity yields a broad spectrum of high-quality grapes and wines. Four American Viticultural Areas (AVAs) – Yakima Valley, Red Mountain, Rattlesnake Hills, and Snipes Mountain – highlight this impressive regional complexity.