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Explore the vineyards of Red Mountain in Washington State in our Fifth Edition Wine Map!

The first vines of Red Mountain AVA were planted in 1975 and the first winery here was bonded in 1980. Due to the exceptional results of the first wines produced the reputation of this particular Washington grape growing region grew.

In the springtime, cheatgrass such as this turns a wine red color which gives the landscape of Red Mountain its name. Image: Wikipedia

In the springtime, cheatgrass such as this turns a wine red color which gives the landscape of Red Mountain its name. Image: Wikipedia

This unique and beautiful geographic region was formed over 10,000 years ago with the repeated ice-age flooding of the Glacial Lake Missoula (Montana). The soft, picturesque mountain slopes were formed by the floodwaters which simultaneously deposited nutrient rich top soils over sand, silt and gravel.

Located within the southeastern flank of the Yakima Valley AVA, Red Mountain covers 4,040 acres with approximately 2,700 estimated plantable acres. The rain shadow effect of the Cascade Mountain Range is evident as the AVA receives an average annual rainfall of seven inches, with very little precipitation during the growing season. The AVA receives 2 hours or more sunlight during the growing season than Napa Valley. The southwest slope of the Red Mountain AVA provides the vineyards here with a directional aspect to the sun – making it ideal for prolonged sunlight exposure and warmth. The light-colored, high calcium soils allow good drainage for varietals such as Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, Cabernet Franc, Syrah, Malbec, Petite Verdot, and others.

Our brand new 5th Edition is truly a beautiful showcase of this world-class wine region! Find out more on purchasing here