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Yakima Valley remains the cradle of Washington wine
The Yakima Valley is the heart of the Washington wine industry. It is dripping with history, leading us to dub it the cradle of the industry.
It is home to some of the oldest vines – dating back a century – along with Cabernet Sauvignon blocks stretching into the ’50s and ’60s. Here is where some of Washington’s first wineries started, and where the famous Walter Clore conducted research to prove Washington’s climate could succeed with world-class European wine grapes.
When America began to identify grape growing regions – known as appellations in Europe and American Viticultural Areas in the United States – the Yakima Valley was rightly the first in Washington, being approved by the federal government in 1983. Today, several AVAs exist within the Yakima Valley, including Red Mountain, Snipes Mountain and the Rattlesnake Hills.
Today, the Yakima Valley is home to more than 13,000 acres of vineyards, making it the most planted area in the state.
Here are a dozen delicious wines we have tasted recently from the Yakima Valley. Ask for them at your favorite wine merchant or contact the wineries directly.