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…

Red Mountain AVA

Location: South-central WashingtonDesignated: 2001Total Size: 4,040 acresVineyards: 2,382 acres (963 hectares)Top Varieties: Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, SyrahSoils: Sandy loam and gravel Average Annual Precipitation: 5 inches Two Things to Know:  Red Mountain is one of Washington’s warmest and driest appellations.   It is dominated by red varieties, particularly Cabernet Sauvignon.
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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…

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…

Taste Red Mountain – Woodinville

The Red Mountain AVA returns to Woodinville for a second annual Taste Red Mountain event on April 22 from 2 to 4 pm at the Winemaker’s Reserve. This public tasting will feature 24 Red Mountain AVA wineries alongside bites from Twelve Baskets Catering. Taste Red Mountain is a rare opportunity…

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…

Candy Mountain AVA

Location: South-central WashingtonDesignated: 2020Total Size: 815 acresAcres Under Vine: 110 acres (44 hectares)Top Varieties: Cabernet SauvignonSoils:  Loess, windblown silt and sand, ice age flood sediment Average Annual Precipitation: 5 inches Two Things to Know: Candy Mountain is currently the smallest appellation in Washington.  Its proximity to Red Mountain give it similarities…

IMW Study Week – Lunch Wines & AVAs

Monday, Feb 6th 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…

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]. 2022240,000 Tons Harvested The 2022 growing season in Washington was notable for…

Goose Gap AVA

Location: South-central WashingtonDesignated: 2021Total Size:  8,129 acresAcreage Under Vine: 1,800 acres (323 hectares)Top Varieties: Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, Syrah, ChardonnaySoils: Warden series, windblown silt and fine sand overlying Missoula Flood sediment Average Annual Precipitation: 6 inches Two Things to Know: Goose Mountain’s orientation differs from other mountains in the area.   This difference gives…