Tag Archives: Yakima Valley AVA

What is bud break?

It’s nearly bud break time in the Yakima Valley, the season of rebirth in the vineyards.  Bud  break is when the grape starts its annual growth cycle. In the Yakima Valley this stage typically begins in mid-April. If the vines … Continue reading

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Yakima Valley, the Dawn of a New Wine.

Yakima Valley was the first winegrowing appellation established in Washington State, and the entire Pacific Northwest. The official American Viticultural Area (AVA) was designated in 1983. Pacific Northwest wine writer, Andy Perdue shares the modern day history of the Yakima … Continue reading

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The Unmistakable Typicity of the Yakima Valley

Blog posts for the month of March have focused primarily on the cataclysmic events that created a special geology and soil composition in the Yakima Valley AVA. These events allow the vineyards of the Yakima Valley AVA to grow wine grapes of such quality that … Continue reading

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Getting the “Dirt” on Yakima Valley Soils

Yakima Valley vineyards support the best Washington State and Pacific Northwest wineries  in achieving excellence. Acclaimed brands that have grown to greatness showcasing Yakima Valley grapes include Quilceda Creek, DeLille Cellars, Andrew Will, Col Solare, Côte Bonneville, Betz Family, Avennia, … Continue reading

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Cataclysmic Events that Created the Soils of the Yakima Valley

The Yakima Valley AVA is blessed with a vast array of soil types offering notable depth, purity and natural complexity into its wines. A series of natural phenomenon dating back fifteen million years ago have given the soils of the … Continue reading

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Pruning for the 2014 vintage

It may be winter, and the vines might be dormant, but vineyard workers are awake and bustling with winter activities in preparation for the 2014 vintage. The grape vines in the Yakima Valley are bare and the next grape harvest … Continue reading

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Soul of the Vine

Video 4:35 Yakima Valley encompasses significant diversity of climate, topography, and soil; and this diversity yields a broad spectrum of high-quality grapes and wines. Four American Viticultural Areas (AVAs) – Yakima Valley, Red Mountain, Rattlesnake Hills, and Snipes Mountain – … Continue reading

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Warm Spring Keeps Growers Busy

The Yakima Valley has experienced an unseasonably warm spring keeping wine grape growers busy. Warm weather this time of year shows the promise of another great vintage. “An early bloom usually means a good vintage,” according to Dick Boushey, Boushey … Continue reading

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Vineyard Spotlight: Upland Estates’ Todd Newhouse explains Pruning 101

It’s that time of year again: Pruning. All year long the vines’ “hair” is allowed to grow to hippie-like length and then come late winter we treat them like they are reporting to boot camp by giving them crew-cuts. In … Continue reading

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The Plan Was Perfect

As far as John Williams and Jim Holmes were concerned, the plan was perfect. It was an 84-acre patch of desolate sagebrush and cheatgrass nestled between Red Mountain and the Yakima River. They did their research, of course, and as … Continue reading

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