Press Kit


Fun Facts
Fun Facts…..Did you Know? Keep these fun facts handy and impress your friends with your wine knowledge!


Geographical Overview
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.


The name Yakima has been translated to mean black bear (from yah-kah, meaning black bear, and the plural ending ma), or runaway.


Tasting Tips
The following are a few tasting tips that will make you seem like a pro during your visit.


Touring and Tasting in Washington’s Wine
Winery hopping in the Yakima Valley is an unforgettable journey of delightful discovery. Across this sun-soaked region, magnificent vineyards, trellises laden with rich grape varietals, lie in the same latitude as the great wine producing regions of


Viticultural Overview
There are currently more than 82 wineries in the Yakima Valley.


Wine Terminology….What does it Mean? Take note of the following terminology so you can sound like a true wine enthusiast.


Yakima Valley Press

August 2019

Wine Scene: Snipes Mountain’s viticultural history shines in its wines
Yakima Herald-Republic

The Yakima Valley American Viticultural Area is home to three sub AVAs; Snipes Mountain, Red Mountain and Rattlesnake Hills. Each of these sub …

Great Northwest Wine: Rhône Valley grapes thrive in Washington vineyard  The Spokesman-Review

Great Northwest Wine: Rhône Valley grapes thrive in Washington vineyards … embraced Rhône-style winessince Mike Sauer of Red Willow Vineyard planted syrah as the request of the late David Lake in the Yakima Valley in 1986.

Grapes native to Rhone Valley thrive in Washington vineyards The Daily Herald
Washington state winemakers have embraced Rhone-style wines since … syrah as the request of the late David Lake in the Yakima Valley in 1986

Northwest Wine: Rhône Valley grapes thrive in our vineyards Tri-City Herald

Northwest Wine: Rhône Valley grapes thrive in our vineyards … planted Syrah as the request of the late David Lake in the Yakima Valley in 1986.

Kitsap tasting comes right in the middle of Washington Wine Month Kitsap Sun

Kitsap tasting comes right in the middle of Washington Wine Month … Owner David Volmut learned his winemaker techniques at Yakima Valley …

Cabernet Sauvignon thrives in Washington The Spokesman-Review – August 6, 2019

Top Picks: Spring 2019 Issue Tasting Room Magazine – August 5, 2019

The Ice Age gives birth to a wine and adventure age in Washington state Los Angeles Times – July 20, 2019

Wine Scene: Valley grape growers excited about 2019 vintage Yakima Herald-Republic

The home stretch to harvest has begun, and there are happy faces all around Yakima Valley’s wine country. Not to jinx it, but the 2019 vintage is …

Cabernet sauvignon thrives in Washington The Spokesman-Review

It can now be argued that Washington’s signature wine is cabernet … doted on a single barrel of cab from Elephant Mountain above Yakima Valley.

Northwest vineyards track along 2017 vintage after cool July Great Northwest Wine Aug 5, 2019

During the 2017 vintage, Tempranillo at Canyon Ranch Vineyard near the town of Prosser in Washington’s Yakima Valley entered veraison on July 28 …

What We’re Drinking this Weekend  Wine Enthusiast Magazine

Callan 2018 Boushey Vineyards Picpoul (Yakima Valley); $25, 90 points. A bright lemon-zest aroma leads the expressive nose of this white wine.

Washington State Wines
Homes & Style by Dave Eckart July 2019
Before I leave Washington State, I wanted to relate one more important stop-the Yakima Valley. It’s where I met Kathy and Kerry Shiels, a mother-daughter winemaking team at Cote Bonneville, which may just be my favorite Washington State winery.


Viticultural Areas


Snipes Mountain AVA


Red Mountain AVA


Rattlesnake Hills