There are 14 American Vinicultural Areas (AVAs, or appellations) in Washington – each with its own distinctive characteristics. From the mild climate of Puget Sound which is ideal for our fruit varietals; to the cool, misty Lake Chelan which is perfect for Pinot Noir, many of the world’s leading grape and fruit varieties thrive when produced in this unique place.
At Mountain Creek Cellars we provide estate grown fruit and source fruit and grapes from throughout the region to assemble our small-lot wines. We place particular focus on those AVAs we consider the most interesting to create our signature offerings.
Located west of the Cascade mountains, the Columbia Valley AVA is the largest wine-growing region in Washington state and contains most all the other AVAs.
The Yakima Valley AVA, Red Mountain AVA, Walla Walla AVA, Rattlesnake Hills AVA, Horse Heaven Hills AVA, Wahluke Slope AVA, Lake Chelan AVA, the Columbia Cascade region, Ancient Lakes region, and Naches Heights region are all within the Columbia Valley AVA.
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Horse Heaven Hills
Horse Heaven Hills
Horse Heaven Hills wineries are located near the towns of Paterson and Alderdale along the Columbia River by Oregon and extend north to Prosser. This wine-growing region in Eastern Washington is home to half a dozen wineries.
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The Naches Heights wineries are located just northwest of Yakima, WA. This new wine-growing region in Eastern Washington is the first 100% all organic AVA in the U.S. setting the standard for future AVAs.
Wineries in the Ancient Lakes wine-growing region include the towns of Moses Lake, Quincy, George, Rock Island and Othello, WA. This new wine-growing region in Eastern Washington is home to over a dozen wineries.
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The Yakima Valley AVA in eastern Washington lies between Yakima and the Tri-Cities and includes the wine-growing towns of Zillah, Prosser & Benton City. There are over 100 wineries shown, although some wineries shown lie in their own AVA.
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Rattlesnake Hills wineries are located on the west end of the Yakima Valley AVA. Rattlesnake Hills is home to over a dozen wineries and several wine-tasting events. Many of the wineries are located in the hills above the town of Zillah, WA.
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Red Mountain wineries are located just north of Benton City, WA at the east end of the Yakima Valley AVA and just west of the Tri-Cities. Take exit 96 off I-82 to get to the wineries on Red Mountain. Also check out the Tri-Cities wineries located 20 minutes to the east.
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Walla Walla Valley
Walla Walla Valley
Walla Walla is a star on the global wine stage. Walla Walla satellite tasting rooms are sprouting like mushrooms in Woodinville. Walla Walla is home to over 140 wineries, tasting rooms, and wine bars & tasting rooms, and hosts several large annual wine-tasting festivals. Also check out Walla Walla Airport wineries and Downtown Walla Walla wineries.
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Beautiful Lake Chelan is home to over two dozen wineries and tasting rooms clustered on the southern end of both sides of the lake. Several wine-tasting events are held here annually and it is a truly wonderful place to visit during the summer months.
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Wahluke Slope wineries are located near the town of Mattawa, WA. This wine-growing region in Eastern Washington is home to 3 wineries.
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Other Washington State AVAs
Snipes Mountain wineries are located between the towns of Granger and Sunnyside, WA. This new AVA wine-growing region in Eastern Washington is home to 1 winery currently.
The term "Puget Sound" is used not just for the body of water but also the Puget Sound region centered on the sound. Major cities on the sound include Seattle, Tacoma, Olympia, and Everett, Washington. Puget Sound is also the third largest estuary in the United States, after Chesapeake Bay in Maryland and Virginia, and San Francisco Bay in northern California.
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Straddling the Columbia River on both the Washington and Oregon sides, Columbia Gorge is home to over 20 wineries on the Washington side and 25 wineries on the Oregon side, mainly along the Hood River.
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