18 Jun Northwest Wine: Red Mountain among Washington’s most important regions
Originally published in the Trial City Herald.
By Andy Perdue and Eric Degerman, June 12, 2018
Of all the brown ridges in Washington’s Columbia Valley, perhaps none is more important to winemakers than Red Mountain.
It is a 4,040-acre ridge on the eastern edge of the Yakima Valley that has a history of grape growing and winemaking that stretches back to the 1970s. It is the smallest American Viticultural Area in Washington (the second-smallest in the Pacific Northwest after Oregon’s Ribbon Ridge).
Some will argue that it has become the most-important growing region in Washington. When a wine lover sees “Red Mountain” on a label, the impression is almost a guarantee of heft and quality. What makes this little benchland that is little more than a sliver of the Washington wine industry so important? Read more here: