Wahluke Slope AVA

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Wahluke Slope
Wine region
Wahluke Slope AVA map.JPG
Type American Viticultural Area
Year established 2005[1]
Country United States
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[2]
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.[3]

Geography and climate[edit]

The Wahluke Slope AVA is located in the Wahluke Slope of 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.[4]

See also[edit]


  1. ^ 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.
  2. ^ Appellation America (2007). "Wahluke Slope (AVA): Appellation Description". Retrieved Jan. 30, 2008.
  3. ^ T. Parker Discovering Washington Wines pg 54 Raconteurs Press 2002 ISBN 0-9719258-5-2
  4. ^ Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms 10CFR27: Approved American Viticultural Areas, § 9.192 Wahluke Slope.
Vineyards in the Wahluke Slope AVA of Washington State in late winter. The Sentinel Gap in the Saddle Mountains can be seen in the distance.

Coordinates: 46°45′N 119°50′W / 46.750°N 119.833°W / 46.750; -119.833