An appellation, or AVA (American Viticultural Area), is a designated geographical region that possesses unique climate, soil and physical features which distinguish it from surrounding areas.This combination of soil, slope and sunshine influences the growth...

A French viticulture term; veraison means “the onset of grape ripening.” It involves a number of changes in the grape. First, the grapes start to change color. Once veraison starts, the vineyards begin to explode...

The longest day of the year is now behind us, but Yakima Valley wine grapes are still receiving more sunshine than the famous California wine-growing regions. It may surprise many that the Yakima Valley’s long summer...

Seattle Times January 19, 2018 During the past decade, the number of regional wineries has increased by 400 percent. Washington state has blossomed into the second-largest premium wine producer in the U.S., closing in on California. During the...

September means back-to-school for most students. Among them are the next vintage of winemakers from Yakima Valley College’s Viticulture and Winery Technology program. Yakima Valley is the oldest wine region in Washington State, but until 2000, aspiring winemakers had...