The Northwest has long been known for its spectacular scenery. It hasn't until of late been known as a major wine region. But places like Okanagan Valley, British Columbia, the Columbia River area in Washington and Idaho's Snake River country have helped to change that perception. The Northwest's warm, dry interior regions are uniquely suited to producing full-bodied, balanced wines. In fact, such areas often receive more sunlight than competing vineyards in California.
The moist, temperate climates of the Northwest's coastal region are another surprise. Areas such as the San Juan Islands, the Gulf Islands and the Olympic Peninsula have proven that the secret to producing a good wine lies not only in the length of warmth of summer weather, but in the patient hand of the vintner who can instinctively blend the right combination of soil, atmosphere and diligent attention to produce the finest wine. It is from this growing reputation for excellence that the Northwest acquires its respected standing as a "New World" wine region.
For the curious wine connoisseur and the adventurous traveler, the Northwest's 500+ wineries offer unending opportunities for enjoyment. Exploring Northwest wineries is a bit like globe-hopping: Each sub-region has its own terroir, its own ecological footprint and culture to be savored and appreciated. Summertime is an exceptional time for touring the wineries of the Northwest and for taking advantage of the many festivals and musical productions that pare well with Northwest wine and cuisine.
Check out our wine maps for British Columbia, Washington, Oregon, Idaho and Montana for a list of the appellations in each state or province. Wine appellations, like fine wines change over time as the industry matures and grows. Check back frequently to see what we've added.
Best selection of books on the Northwest.
Essential Wines and Wineries of the Pacific Northwest: A Guide to the Wine Countries of Washington, Oregon, British Columbia, and Idaho by Cole Danehower and Andrea Johnson. With beautifully illustrated photographs and helpful maps, this guide enables wine lovers to plan touring, select wines, and explore and discover the riches of the Northwest's wine country. Order now...
John Schreiner's BC Coastal Wine Tour Guide: The Wineries of the Fraser Valley, Vancouver, Vancouver Island, and the Gulf Islands by John Schreiner. Everything you need to take a self-guided tour of the wineries, including thumbnail sketches, insider profiles of each winery, interesting facts, recommendations, addresses, phone numbers, and websites of each winery. Order now...
Compass American Guides: Oregon Wine Country, 2nd Edition by John Doerper and Greg Vaughn. Photography, evocative prose, insider tips, and detailed color maps help make the most of your trip. Written by longtime Oregon wine country residents, this guide has in-depth coverage of the history, culture and character of one of America's most spectacular destinations. Order now...
Washington Wines and Wineries: The Essential Guide, 2nd Edition by Paul Gregutt. With twice as many winery and vineyard profiles, updated tasting notes and new recommended producers for each grape variety, this edition will continue to be the definitive reference on the subject. Order now...
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