Press Release

Washington Adds Two American Viticultural Areas

SEATTLE (June 16, 2021)—Washington has two new American Viticultural Areas (AVAs). The Alcohol and Tobacco Tax and Trade Bureau (TTB) will publish the final rules for White Bluffs and The Burn of Columbia Valley tomorrow, June 17, 2021, to officially define them each as designated wine grape-growing regions.“We have been anxiously…

Columbia Gorge AVA

Location:  South-central Washington & north central Oregon Designated: 2004Total Size: 191,000 acresAcreage Under Vine: Total vineyard acreage: 950 (384 Hectares); Washington acreage: 381 (154 Hectares)Top Varieties: Chardonnay, Pinot NoirSoils: Silt loamAverage Annual Precipitation: 10-36 inches Two Things to Know:  The western-most appellation in eastern Washington.  It is known for its diversity…

Visit Columbia Gorge AVA

Are you looking to explore the Columbia Gorge AVA? Watch this three-minute video to hear from winemakers on what they suggest you do while wine tasting in their region.

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…

Columbia Valley AVA

Location:  Central, south-central, and south- eastern Washington and north-central Oregon Designated: 1984Total Size:  11 million acres Acreage Under Vine: Total vineyard acreage: 60,079 (24,313 hectares); Washington acreage: 59,234 (23,971 hectares)Top Varieties:  Cabernet Sauvignon, Chardonnay, Merlot, Riesling, SyrahSoils:  Loess overlying gravel and slackwater sediment with a basalt bedrockAverage Annual Precipitation: 6-8 inches Two…

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…

The Burn of Columbia Valley AVA

Location: South-central WashingtonDesignated: 2021Total Size:  16,870 acresAcreage Under Vine: 1,500 acres (607 hectares)Top Varieties: Cabernet SauvignonSoils: Fine sand along with silt and sandy loam  Average Annual Precipitation: 8-9 inches Two Things to Know:  It’s a warm appellation that acts like a cool one.   It receives more precipitation than many other areas…


Washington wine’s earliest days date back to 1825, when the first grape vines were planted. Pioneer William B. Bridgman planted grapevines in Yakima Valley in the early 1900s. In subsequent years, Dr. Walter Clore, recognized as the father of the Washington wine industry, researched what varieties would grow well in…

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…