The Real Experience Begins With a Visit to The Yakima Valley.
The Yakima Valley is the oldest, largest and most diverse wine growing region in Washington state. It produces nearly 1/2 of Washington State's wine whether it be grown or processed. Located in south central Washington, the Yakima Valley is a scenic and leisurely two to three hour drive from Seattle, Spokane or Portland.
Located in south central Washington, the Yakima Valley is a scenic and leisurely two to three hour drive from Seattle, Spokane or Portland. Yakima Valley Wine Country is situated in the central region of Washington State, beginning in Yakima and running through the Benton City, Red Mountain region. The Yakima Valley wine country is situated along Interstate 82 in the central part of Washington State.
YAKIMA VALLEY VITICULTURAL AREA
The oldest and Largest appellation
An AVA, (American Viticultural Area) is a designated geographical region that has unique climate, soil and physical features, which distinguish it from surrounding areas. The Yakima Valley was Washington State's first appellation, it was established in 1983. The Yakima Valley is now home to more than 60 wineries and over one third of the state=s vineyards. The land mass boasts over 12,000 acres of premium wine grapes.
WHERE GREAT WINE IS BORN. Your travels through the Yakima Valley put you in the heart of the first appellation established in Washington. Located in the southern center of the state, just across the spectacular Cascade Mountains from the metropolitan areas of Seattle and Portland, this magnificent Valley is home to more than 40 wineries and over one third of the state's vineyards. The region boasts of over 11,000 acres of premium wine grapes.
The foothills of the Cascade Mountains form the western boundary of the appellation with the area extending east to the Kiona Hills near Richland. Its northern border follows the crest of the Rattlesnake Hills and the southern edge traces the 1000-foot contour line along the Horse Heaven Hills to the Toppenish Ridge. Interstate 82 forms a convenient route for visitors to tour the many wineries scattered throughout the Valley's landscape, which offers a rich diversity of microclimates, rugged hillsides, and wetlands.
The sunny slopes of the Yakima Valley foothills provide the perfect growing conditions for producing intensely flavored, balanced and complex wines such as Merlot, Cabernet Sauvignon, Chardonnay, Riesling, and Syrah. Long sun-drenched days and cool evenings in this desert climate yield bold, hearty, and luscious world-class wines.