The Red Mountain AVA includes the land surrounding Red Mountain in Benton County, Washington and is part of the Yakima Valley AVA, which in turn is part of the larger Columbia Valley AVA. Located between Benton City and the City of West Richland, the Red Mountain AVA is the smallest in the state. The reputation of the wines produced in this area has brought Red Mountain AVA worldwide acclaim and the vineyards in this appellation have produced grapes for some of the most sought after wines in Washington State.
The area has one of the most unusual terroirs in the state with warmer temperatures and more sunlight hours than any other part of the Columbia Valley AVA. The nighttime temperatures drop considerably, helping to preserve the acid levels within the grape. The area has a desert climate with average yearly rainfall of five inches so the vineyards rely on irrigation to supply water to their plants, allowing growers to optimize the growth cycle of their vines.
The wines are known for their balance in flavors, with an intense concentration of berry flavors. Compared to the Cabernet Sauvignon produced in other areas of the state, the Cabernets here are more structured than fruit-driven.
The area is known for producing powerful, tannic red wines and cultivates primarily red varietals including Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, Sangiovese, Cabernet Franc and Syrah.
See Yakima Valley Wine Country for more information.