Wahluke Slope

Established in 2006

  • Naturally bounded by the Columbia River to the west and south, by the Saddle Mountains on the north, and on the east by the Hanford Reach National Monument.
  • The Wahluke Slope AVA lies entirely within the established Columbia Valley appellation and is home to more than 20 vineyards and at least three wine production facilities.
  • The 81,000 acre (32,780 hectares) region features approximately 5,652 acres (approximately 2,100 hectares) of vineyards: nearly 15 percent of the total wine grape acreage in the state.
  • Top grape varieties: Merlot, Syrah, Cabernet Sauvignon, Riesling, Chardonnay, and Chenin Blanc.
  • Wahluke Slope has one of the driest, warmest climates in the state, allowing nearly complete control of vine vigor and ripening through irrigation.
© 2012 Washington Wine Commission