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Rattlesnake Hills AVA

Designated: 2006Vineyards: 1,807 acres (731 hectares)Top Varieties: Merlot, Riesling, Cabernet Sauvignon, SyrahAverage Annual Precipitation: 6-12 inches The east-west trending Rattlesnake Hills are an anticline of the Yakima fold belt, a series of geologic folds that define a number of viticultural regions in Washington. The appellation, which is centered around the…
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Wine-Touring Regions

Our goal is to be the guide to your next glass of Washington Wine. With over 1,000 wineries, 19 AVAs, and 8 wine touring regions, it can be a difficult, but delicious, decision to figure out where to go next. To make matters easier, we’re here to point you toward…
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Grapes, Soil, & Sun

Climate Eastern Washington, where almost all of Washington’s wine grapes are grown, has long, warm summer days that provide ripe fruit flavors and cool nights that help lock in acidity. Long, Warm Days Eastern Washington is an arid and semi-arid desert, with hot summer days. The state’s northerly latitude…
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Regions & AVAs

Washington is home to a diverse group of growing regions, which vary significantly by the amount of area they encompass, their climate, soils, and what is planted there. This diversity is one of the reasons such a large number of varieties succeed in Washington. While some of these regions might…
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Yakima Valley AVA

Designated: 1983Vineyards: 18,924 acres (7,658 hectares)Top Varieties: Chardonnay, Merlot, Cabernet Sauvignon, Riesling, SyrahAverage Annual Precipitation: 8 inches Yakima Valley is one of Washington’s most diverse growing regions. It also is the largest sub-appellation of the Columbia Valley, both in total size and planted acreage, with the valley home to over…