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Royal Slope is Washington’s newest American Viticultural Area

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE SEATTLE (September 2, 2020)—Royal Slope is the newest American Viticultural Area (AVA) in Washington. The Alcohol and Tobacco Tax and Trade Bureau (TTB) published the final rule for Royal Slope today, September 2, 2020, to officially define it as a designated wine grape-growing region. “Many of our wineries…
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Wahluke Slope AVA

Designated: 2006Vineyards: 8,932 acres (3,615 hectares)Top Varieties: Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, ChardonnayAverage Annual Precipitation: 6 inches The entire Wahluke Slope appellation sits on a large alluvial fan, which has a constant, gentle grade of less than 8%. This makes the soils notably uniform over a large area. The uniformities in aspect,…
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Royal Slope AVA

Designated: 2020Vineyards: 1,900 acres (768 hectares)Top Varieties: Cabernet Sauvignon, Syrah, ChardonnayAverage Annual Precipitation: 6-8 inches The Royal Slope is a south-facing slope surrounding the town of Royal City. Compared to the Wahluke Slope, which lies about 15 miles to the south, the Royal Slope is considerably cooler. Compared to the…
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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…