- Union Wine Co. doubles production, adds sales reps beyond Oregon
- Abacela brings home more gold with Grenache rosé
- Individual tickets available for 32nd annual IPNC in Oregon
- Taste Washington grows attendance by 15 percent
- Deep roots in wine lead Elizabeth Bourcier to La Rata in Walla Walla
- Tony Rynders helps Open Claim Vineyards start with Chardonnay
- Seattle businessmen buy controlling interest in Walla Walla’s Abeja
- British Columbia wines golden at California’s Pacific Rim judging
- Wild Goose Vineyards Pinot Gris repeats as Cascadia best of show
- GSM among Washington’s most delicious blends
Delicious wines from Washington’s versatile Yakima Valley
The Yakima Valley has a long history of grape growing and winemaking, and that legacy continues today.
Some of the region’s oldest remaining vines stretch back nearly a century, and the Yakima Valley is not only the Pacific Northwest’s oldest American Viticultural Area (with that federal designation going back to 1983), but it’s also Washington’s largest planting of vines. As such, the Yakima Valley plays a cultural role in the Washington wine industry while also serving as its viticultural backbone.
Some of the state’s largest wineries are in the Yakima Valley (including 14 Hands and Hogue Cellars in Prosser), and the region that stretches from just below the city of Yakima nearly to the Tri-Cities also is dotted with dozens of artisan winemakers.
Here are 12 delicious wines we’ve tasted in recent weeks that proudly carry the Yakima Valley AVA designation.