Yakima Valley

  • Washington State's first appellation.
  • 5,443 vineyard hectares, over one third of Washington's vineyards.
  • Most widely planted grape is Chardonnay, followed by Merlot and Cabernet Sauvignon.
  • Riesling and Syrah represent significant acreage, with Syrah in particular on the rise.
  • Soils : Deep to moderately deep silt-loam over basalt bedrock and shallow to very deep silt loam over gravel and/or basalt bedrock.
  • Annual average rainfall : 200mm

Wineries producing Yakima Valley wines


Cayuse

The oldest son of the centuries-old Champagne house Baron Albert, Christophe’s family has worked their land in the Marne Valley of France since 1677. His plans to take over the family business came to an abrupt halt one April morning in 1996 in Walla Walla, when he spied an open field littered with acres of softballsized stones near the ...

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Charles Smith Wines

Charles Smith’s explosion onto the world wine scene has been nothing less than phenomenal. Originally from a Northern California family that made its own wine, proprietor and winemaker Charles Smith managed Rock & Roll bands in Europe for 11 years before moving to Walla Walla and starting K Vintners on a shoestring. While Charles&rsq ...

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DeLille Cellars

Robert Parker has called DeLille Cellars the “Lafite Rothschild of Washington State.”  It is no coincidence that this boutique winery is often compared with First-Growth Bordeaux Chateaux.  DeLille Cellars is dedicated to handcrafting elegant wines in the Bordeaux  style, using only the very finest hand sorted grape ...

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K Vintners

Charles Smith’s explosion onto the world wine scene has been nothing less than phenomenal. Originally from a Northern California family that made its own wine, proprietor and winemaker Charles Smith managed Rock & Roll bands in Europe for 11 years before moving to Walla Walla and starting K Vintners on a shoestring. While Charles&rsq ...

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L'Ecole No. 41

The third winery to be established in the Walla Walla Valley, L’Ecole No 41 has been a leader in the production of premium handcrafted varietal wines in Washington State since 1983. The family owned winery is located in an old schoolhouse built in 1915 in historic Frenchtown, just west of Walla Walla. The name - L’Ecole No 41, Fren ...

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Long Shadows

Long Shadows Vintners was founded in 2002 by Washington wine visionary Allen Shoup, who as President and CEO of Chateau Ste. Michelle from 1984-2000 forged internationally acclaimed winemaking partnerships with Piero Antinori (Col Solare) and Dr. Ernst Loosen (Eroica Riesling).  Long Shadows Vintners now builds upon those successes by bri ...

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Sokol Blosser

When Sokol Blosser planted their first vines in 1971, there was no wine industry in Oregon. Today, with 793 wineries and 35,000 acres of vineyards, Oregon wines are available throughout the world.  Sokol Blosser is a family-owned and run operation that has been a leader in environmentally friendly viticulture and business practices s ...

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Syncline Winery

syn-cline (‘sin-klin): A trough of stratified rock in which the beds dip toward each other from either side. Directly west of the vineyard and winery is a series of sheer, nearly 100 meter cliffs that rise up into the surrounding mountains straight out of the Columbia River. Locally known as the ‘Coyote Wall Syncline’, this ...

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Wines of Substance

The original thought was to be a one wine brand, with a single minded vision to produce the best value-priced Cabernet Sauvignon in America. How do you go about this? Traditional winemaking. Natural fermentations. Barrel-aging. Plus, bottling unfiltered and unfined. In essence, making the wines in small batch winemaking integrity, but doing so ...

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