- Washington State's first federally-recognized appellation; includes more than 60 wineries.
- Contains 16,042 vineyard acres (6,492 hectares), over one third of Washington's vineyards.
- Most widely planted grape is Chardonnay, followed by Merlot and Cabernet Sauvignon.
- Riesling and Syrah represent significant acreage, with Syrah in particular on the rise.
- Silt-loam soils predominate allowing proper drainage necessary to keep vine's vigor under control.
- 190 day growing season with annual precipitation of approximately 8 inches (20 cm).
Images of the Yakima Valley AVA
Post in the Vineyard Post in the vineyard. /_assets/managed/images/1714_vineyard_post.jpg
Vineyard Lane Vineyard lane. /_assets/managed/images/1713_vineyard_lane.jpg
Tractor in the Vineyard Tractor in the vineyard. /_assets/managed/images/1712_tractor.jpg
Sprinklers in the Vineyard Sprinklers in the vineyard. /_assets/managed/images/1715_vineyard_sprinklers.jpg
Dry Landscape Dry landscape /_assets/managed/images/1706_dry_landscape.jpg
Sunny Prosser Sun shining on Prosser WA. /_assets/managed/images/3772_1711_sunny_prosser.jpg
Vineyard Post 19 Vineyard post #19. /_assets/managed/images/1709_post19.jpg
Long Dirt Road Long dirt road. /_assets/managed/images/1708_long_dirt_road.jpg
Sunshine on a Slope Sun shining on a slope. /_assets/managed/images/1710_sun_on_slope.jpg
Leaning Postline Leaning postline. /_assets/managed/images/1707_leaning_postsline.jpg
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