Red Mountain Turns 20 in 2021

This year, Red Mountain celebrates 20 years as an American Viticultural Area, after two pioneering spirits—John Williams and Jim Holmes—decided to plant the first vines in 1975 amid a desertous valley filled with sagebrush. Since then, a growing community of viticulturists with grit, determination and commitment to experimentation…
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Candy Mountain Becomes Washington’s 16th American Viticultural Area

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE SEATTLE (September 25, 2020)—The Alcohol and Tobacco Tax and Trade Bureau (TTB) published the final rule for the Candy Mountain American Viticultural Area (AVA) on September 25, 2020, making it the 16th AVA in Washington. “Candy Mountain is small but mighty,” said Steve Warner, president of the…

Red Mountain AVA

Designated: 2001Vineyards: 2,382 acres (963 hectares)Top Varieties: Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, SyrahAverage Annual Precipitation: 5 inches At 4,040 total acres (1,630 ha), Red Mountain is one of Washington’s smallest appellations. It is also one of the state’s warmest, with broad, southwest-facing slopes that soak up the summer sun. Due to these…

Candy Mountain AVA

Designated: 2020Vineyards: 110 acres (44 hectares)Top Varieties: Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, Syrah, SangioveseAverage Annual Precipitation: 5 inches At 815 total acres, Candy Mountain is Washington’s smallest viticultural region. It’s also one of our newest. Established in 2020, Candy Mountain AVA’s vineyards are located on the southwestern side of the mountain, which…

The Five Pillars of Red Mountain with Julia Coney

Join Red Mountain AVA Alliance this fall for the “Five Pillars of Red Mountain,” a very special virtual series hosted by the inimitable Julia Coney and featuring winemakers from the Red Mountain AVA. For five Tuesdays starting October 19, they’ll explore one of the five natural elements that make…

Red Mountain Revealed

If you’ve ever wanted to get to know Red Mountain, this is the best way to do it, aside from visiting and sipping wine in the actual tasting rooms and vineyards of course. Red Mountain Revealed is the story of Red Mountain, which is a story-in-the-winemaking. Pour yourself a bold…

Taste Red Mountain

This spring, The Red Mountain AVA Alliance will host a celebration of the region’s celebrated wines and vines at Taste Red Mountain Woodinville.

Vintages: 30-Year Overview

Below, you’ll find a summary of each vintage for the past 30 years. If you are looking for more information, please reach out to Heather Bradshaw, Communications Director at Washington Wine, at [email protected] 2021179,600 Tons Harvested 2021 was a warm growing season in Washington marked…

History & Funding

History of Wine Research in Washington Washington’s wine research program is unique in that it’s one of a few in the nation funded by all wine grape growers and wineries in the state, guided and driven by industry, and with results accessible to all vintners and wine grape growers. The following program…

Snipes Mountain AVA

Designated: 2009Vineyards: 859 acres (348 hectares)Top Varieties: Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, ChardonnayAverage Annual Precipitation: 7 inches Snipes Mountain is one of Washington’s smallest appellations at 4,145 total acres (1,677 ha). Located between the towns of Sunnyside and Granger, Snipes Mountain is less a mountain than it is an anticline of the…