Wahluke Slope AVA
|Type||American Viticultural Area|
|Part of||Columbia Valley AVA, Washington|
|Climate region||Dry & warm|
|Total area||81,000 acres (330 km2)|
|Size of planted vineyards||5,200 acres (21 km2)|
|No. of vineyards||20|
|Grapes produced||Cabernet Franc, Cabernet Sauvignon, Chardonnay, Gewurztraminer, Grenache, Merlot, Mourvedre, Petit Verdot, Sangiovese, Sauvignon blanc, Syrah, Viognier, Zinfandel|
|Wine produced||Varietal, Dessert wine, Sparkling wine, Meritage|
The Wahluke Slope AVA is an American Viticultural Area located within Grant County, Washington. It is part of the larger Columbia Valley AVA. The area is primarily known for Merlot and Cabernet Sauvignon.
Geography and climate
The Wahluke Slope AVA is located in Grant County, Washington. It extends from the Columbia River in the west, the Hanford Site boundary in the southwest, the north bank of the Columbia River on the south up to the Wahluke Slope Wildlife Refuge in the east, and along the 1,480-foot (450 m) elevation of the Saddle Mountains on the north. The area has the warmest climates for grape growing in the state.
- Code of Federal Regulations. "§ 9.192 Wahluke Slope." Title 27: Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms; Part 9 — American Viticultural Areas; Subpart C — Approved American Viticultural Areas. Retrieved Jan. 30, 2008.
- Appellation America (2007). "Wahluke Slope (AVA): Appellation Description". Retrieved Jan. 30, 2008.
- T. Parker Discovering Washington Wines pg 54 Raconteurs Press 2002 ISBN 0-9719258-5-2
- Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms 10CFR27: Approved American Viticultural Areas, § 9.192 Wahluke Slope.