Press Release

Lewis-Clark Valley Named Newest American Viticultural Area

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE BOISE (April 20, 2016)—Idaho’s wine industry continues to flourish with the newly approved Lewis-Clark Valley American Viticultural Area (AVA). The Alcohol and Tobacco Tax and Trade Bureau (TTB) today announced this important federal designation, which defines the geographic region of northwestern Idaho and bordering eastern Washington as…

Lewis-Clark Valley AVA

Designated: 2016Vineyards: Total vineyard acreage: 100 (40 Hectares); Washington acreage: 9 (4 Hectares)Top Varieties: Chardonnay, Pinot Noir, MerlotAverage Annual Precipitation: 11-22 inches Lewis-Clark Valley is nicknamed the “banana belt” because of its temperate climate amid colder surrounding regions. This climate produces high quality tree fruit, such as peaches and apples,…

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…

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…

Washington State AVA Map

From the Puget Sound on the west side of the mountains to the Lewis-Clark Valley straddling the border with Idaho, explore all 20 diverse and unique growing areas across Washington. Download the map by clicking the button above.


Feature resource Resource Washington Wine 101 Educational Primer We use this presentation to talk to trade, media, and consumers about the wine industry in our great state, and you can, too. This presentation includes Washington’s climate, terroir, AVA’s, grape varietals, history, and more, and it has recently been updated with…