Naches Heights AVA
|Type||American Viticultural Area|
|Years of wine industry||Early through mid 1970's for hobby winemaking, 2002-present professionally|
|Part of||Columbia Valley AVA|
|Total area||13,254 acres (53.64 km2)|
|Size of planted vineyards||37.3 acres (0.151 km2)|
|No. of vineyards||7|
|Varietals produced||Cabernet Franc, Cabernet Sauvignon, Malbec, Merlot, Petite Verdot, Semillon, Sauvignon blanc, Syrah, Mourvedre, Viognier, Barbera, Nebbiolo, Sangiovese, Sagrantino, Pinot grigio, White Muscat, Souzao, Tinta Cao, Touriga Nacional, and Tinta Roriz|
|No. of wineries||2|
The Naches Heights AVA is an American Viticultural Area contained within the Columbia Valley AVA. The AVA was recognized officially on 13 January 2012. Additionally, it is the first AVA in Washington State to be fully sustainable, with all 7 vineyards practicing in either biodynamic or LIVE (Low Input Viticulture and Enology) certification. It is the smallest AVA in Washington with 37.2 acres (15.1 ha) planted.
Geography and climate
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The appellation’s 37 bearing acres (and more ready to be planted) consist of seven vineyards: Wilridge Vineyard, Naches Heights Vineyard, Strand Vineyard, Aecetia Vineyard, Harlequin Vineyard, Keller Vineyard, and Kalkruth Vineyard. Wilridge Vineyard is owned by Wildridge Winery of Seattle with 12 acres currently in production. Naches Heights Vineyards was the first vineyard in this area. Wilridge Winery established the first tasting room in the area in cooperation with Naches Heights and Harlequin. Because Naches Heights built its own tasting room, the Wilridge Tasting room now serves only its own wines along with light snacks. Harlequin Wines has a small number of acres planted also.
Grape varieties grown in Naches Heights AVA
The grape varieties currently grown in this AVA include:
- Five red Bordeaux varieties; Cabernet Franc, Cabernet Sauvignon, Malbec, Merlot and Petite Verdot
- Two white Bordeaux varieties; Semillon and Sauvignon blanc
- Three Rhone varieties; Syrah, Mourvedre and Viognier
- Italian varietals; Barbera, Gewurtztraminer, Nebbiolo, Sangiovese, Sagrantino and Pinot grigio
- One of the Muscat grapes called White Muscat (also known as Muscat Canelli, Moscato, or Muscat de Petite Grains),
- Four Portuguese varieties; Souzao, Tinta Cao, Touriga Nacional, and Tinta Roriz.
- "Naches Heights is Washington's 12th AVA". Wine Press Northwest. Retrieved 3 April 2012.
- "Naches Heights Wine AVA Announced". Yakima Valley Tourism. Retrieved 3 April 2012.
- "Vineyards". Wildridge Winery. Retrieved 3 April 2012.
- "Touring the Naches Heights AVA in Washington State" Tasting Room Magazine. March 1st, 2012