The Columbia Valley American Viticultural Area (AVA) is the largest
in the State of Washington. It includes the Yakima Valley, Red Mountain, Walla
Walla and Horse Heaven Hill. within its boundaries. The Valley's all encompassing
region has 11 million acres of land in all. We have tried to place the wineries
in the AVA they claim to be. Many wineries have two or more vineyards thus
their grapes may come from different AVA's. It is also possible for the winery
vineyard to be in one AVA and its tasting room in another.
Included within the website are six other American Virticultural Areas
~ Red Mountain
~ Walla Walla Valley
~ Horse Heaven Hills
~ Rattlesnake Hills
~ Walhluke Slope
The Columbia Gorge and Puget Sound AVAs are the only appellations in Washington State that fall outside of its borders.
Seen on wine labels because many of Washington's best known wineries are located in the Seattle metropolitan area. These wineries transport grapes over from Eastern Washington to make their wines.
The wines are invariably a blend of grapes sourced from various locales, and
as a consequence are labeled using the large Columbia Valley AVA. Interestingly,
Walla Walla, though an AVA unto itself as well as being home to almost 100 wineries,
has very few vineyards. Most of the wines are labeled Columbia Valley.
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