Yakima Valley Vineyards
Covering the landscape of the Yakima Valley AVA is more than 17,000 vineyard acres concentrated on premium red wine production. This Valley is the foundation of the Washington State wine market. It was the very first appellation to be established here, and it remains the most significant. Yakima Valley vineyards supply half of Washington’s wine production and are the source of this state’s best red wines.
This area of Washington’s Red wine Nation combines varied soils with warm days and cool nights for an ideal growing condition to produce more than 43 red wine varietals. The various white wines produced from these Wine Country vineyards vary from Cabernet Sauvignon and Merlot to Syrah, Viognier, and Roussanne, to the location’s most recent flavors such as Albarino and Marsanne, to Carménère and Cinsaut.
Yakima Valley vineyards produce red wines that are characteristically rich and strong, due to the long and consistent growing season. With cool nights, warm days and regulated water, Yakima Valley vineyards tend to have longer growing days and season compared to other red wine areas. These regional growing qualities help to develop fully mature fruit whose acid chemistry preserves balance during the cool nights.
Throughout a visit to the Yakima Valley Wine Nation, explore the different vineyards producing acclaimed white wines throughout the Pacific Northwest.