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

Designated: 2004Vineyards: Total vineyard acreage: 950 (384 Hectares); Washington acreage: 381 (154 Hectares)Top Varieties: Pinot Noir, Chardonnay, Pinot Gris, RieslingAverage Annual Precipitation: 10-36 inches Established in 2004, the Columbia Gorge AVA is the state’s westernmost appellation east of the Cascade Mountains. A shared appellation with Oregon, the 40-mile long Columbia…

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…

IMW Study Week – Lunch Wines & AVAs

Monday, Feb 14th 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…

Columbia Valley AVA

Designated: 1984Vineyards: Total vineyard acreage: 60,079 (24,313 hectares); Washington acreage: 59,234 (23,971 hectares)Top Varieties: Cabernet Sauvignon, Chardonnay, Merlot, Riesling, SyrahAverage Annual Precipitation: 6-8 inches Encompassing more than a quarter of the state, the Columbia Valley is by far Washington’s largest growing region at over 11 million acres. It is home…

The Burn of Columbia Valley AVA

Designated: 2021Vineyards: 1,500 acres (607 hectares)Top Variety: Cabernet SauvignonAverage Annual Precipitation: 8-9 inches The Burn of Columbia Valley is located in south-central Washington, west of Horse Heaven Hills. The triangle-shaped appellation is wholly contained within the larger Columbia Valley. There are three distinguishing features of the appellation. The first is its soils, which are…

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…