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Columbia River Gorge
Walla Walla Valley
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
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.
Go Northwest! Bookstore
Best selection of books on the Northwest.
Discovering Washington Wines:
An Introduction to One of the Most
Exciting Premium Wine Regions
168 pages; Publisher, Raconteurs Press;
(September 1, 2002).
Washington Wine Country
by Robert M. Reynolds
(Photographer), Judy Peterson-Nedry
112 pages; Publisher,
Graphic Arts Center Publishing Company; (March 2000).
Moon Handbooks: Washington
by Don Pitcher
June 2002, 7th
edition, Paperback, 1000 pages, (guidebook)
In-depth coverage of the history, landscape, and changes in a state that
has come of age. Ranges from Olympic Peninsula's lush rainforests
and long sandy beaches, to glacier-clad Cascade summits, friendly
eastern towns and wineries, the tranquil Puget Sound, Seattle, and the
San Juan Islands.