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:
- over 200 wineries within an hour's drive
- Washington State's first certified organic vineyard and winery (Badger Mountain Winery)
- WA State's largest winery (Columbia Crest in Paterson)
- Sulfite-Free wines produced by Badger Mountain
- WA State's first barrel-caves for aging wine (Terra Blanca Winery & Estate Vineyard)
- 99% of Washington's wine grapes come from eastern Washington's Columbia Valley
- 26 varieties of wine grapes are grown in the Tri-Cities region
- Fiction@J.Bookwalter Winery named one of the nine best winery restaurants in the United State (source, Zagat 9 Wineries With Fabulous Food)
- Washington is ranked second in the U.S. for wine production, California ranks first