The Yakima Valley AVA is comprised of land mostly located within Yakima County, Washington and is part of the larger Columbia Valley AVA. Boushey Vineyard, ranked by as one of the top vineyards in Washington State, is located in this AVA, and the town of Zillah offers a Fruit Loop driving tour through the area’s orchards and vineyards. For those beer lovers our there, the area is also home to nearly 80% of the US hop production.
Three sub-appellations have been created for areas within the Yakima Valley AVA: Red Mountain AVA, Rattlesnake Hills AVA, and Snipes Mountain AVA.
Overall, the temperature of the Yakima Valley is more temperate than the rest of the greater Columbia Valley AVA, with average temperatures being 5 °F (3 °C) to 10 °F (6 °C) cooler. Chardonnay is a popular planting in this cool climate appellation with most wine growers preferring a single clonal variety, but nearly any grape can ripen at some location within this diverse AVA.
The most widely planted varietals in the area are Chardonnay, Riesling, Merlot, Cabernet Sauvignon, Pinot Gris, and Syrah.
See Yakima Valley Wine Country for more information.