Wine Trivia

The Tri-Cities' Columbia Valley lies on the same latitude as the great Burgundy and Bordeaux regions of France—with rich volcanic soil, and perfect temperature for growing the best wine grapes.

The Columbia Valley Appellation (viticultural region) is home to the Yakima Valley, Walla Walla Valley, and Red Mountain sub-appellations.


In addition, the Tri-Cities boasts

  • Washington State's first certified organic vineyard and winery (Badger Mountain Winery)
  • Sulfite-Free wines produced by Badger Mountain
  • WA State's largest winery (Columbia Crest in Paterson)
  • WA State's first barrel-caves for aging wine (Terra Blanca)
  • WA State's largest antique corkscrew collection (Preston Premium Wines)

Complimentary Tastings and showrooms overlooking vineyards and Columbia/
Yakima valley

  • Newly designated Red Mountain sub-appellation (Appellations are wine producing regions with distinct growing conditions, used to identify a wine with a particular climate and growing season/growing conditions primarily for marketing purposes)
  • One new winery opening every 18 days in the state of Washington (According to the Washington Wine Commission, 1999)
  • 99% of the Washington's wine grapes come from eastern Washington's Columbia Valley 26 varieties of wine grown Ranking of production volume:
  1. California
  2. Washington
  3. New York
  4. Oregon