NEW AVAS FOR WASHINGTON STATE

Washington Wine Map AVAs

GOOSE GAP AVA

July 16, 2021

Goose Gap becomes a sub-AVA of Yakima Valley AVA within the Columbia Valley AVA in Washington State. This unique area runs east to west with southern slopes too steep to plant, resulting in vineyards on the north and northeastern slopes. Goose Gap AVA receives less solar radiation, thus being slower to ripen, and is typically harvested a minimum of one week after the surrounding AVAs.

First Grapes Planted: 1998

AVA Established: 2021 (Effective August 2, 2021)

Acres Planted: 1,800 (8,129 total)

Growing Degree Days: Region III

Precipitation: 7" to 8" annually 

Elevation: 577 to 1,339 feet above sea level

Aspect: North to Northeast 

Soils: Warden Series (windblown loess and fine sand), Shano Series (windblown loess), Kiona Series (basalt rubble), Hezel Series (windblown sand), and Prosser Series (loess and Missoula Flood deposits).

Geographical Influences: Goose Hill, Badger Mountain, Candy Mountain, Yakima Fold Belt

Grape Varieties: Cabernet Sauvignon, Chardonnay, Merlot, and Syrah

THE BURN OF COLUMBIA VALLEY AVA

June 19, 2021

The Burn of Columbia Valley (aka "The Burn") becomes a sub-AVA within the Columbia Valley AVA in Washington State.

First Grapes Planted: 2002

AVA Established: 2021 (Effective July 19, 2021)

Acres Planted: 1,261 (16,870 total)

Growing Degree Days: 2,763 (Region II)

Precipitation: 6.65" to 10.44" annually

Aspect: Southeast facing vineyards (a gentle 7.27% grade)

Soils: Walla Walla Silt Loam along with Rock outcrop-Haploxeroll complex, Haploxeroll-Fluvaquent complex,
Fluventic Haploxeroll-Riverwash complex, Wato and Endicott silt loam, and Endicott-Moxee complex

Geographical Influences: Columbia Gorge and Columbia River

Grape Varieties: Cabernet Sauvignon and Syrah

WHITE BLUFFS AVA

June 19, 2021

White Bluffs becomes a sub-AVA within the Columbia Valley AVA in Washington State.

First Grapes Planted: 1972

AVA Established: 2021 (Effective July 19, 2021)

Acres Planted: 1,127 (93,738 total)

Elevation: 700 feet to 1,200 feet above sea level

Aspect: South facing vineyards

Soil: Basalt Bedrock, fine sand, Missoula flood deposits, Ringold Formation (clay-rich), wind-deposited silt, 

Geographical Influences: Koontz Coulee, Pasco Basin, Ringold Coulee

Grape Varieties: Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, Riesling, Sauvignon Blanc, and Syrah

ROYAL SLOPE AVA

September 2, 2020

Royal Slope becomes a sub-AVA within the Columbia Valley AVA in Washington State.

First Grapes Planted: 1983

AVA Established: 2020

Acres Planted: 1,900 (156,389 total)

Growing Degree Days: 2900 (Region II)

Precipitation: 6" to 8" annually

Elevation: 610 feet to 1,756 feet above sea level

Aspect: South facing vineyards

Soil: Loess, windblown silt and sand over Missoula flood deposits

(Warden, Sagemoore, Adkins, and Kennewick Soil Series)

Geographical Influences: Quincy Basin, Saddle Mountains, and Yakima Fold Belt

Grape Varieties: Cabernet Franc, Cabernet Sauvignon, Chardonnay, Chenin Blanc, Cinsault, Gewurztraminer, Grenache, Malbec, Merlot, Mourvèdre, Petit Verdot, Pinot Gris, Pinot Noir, Riesling, Roussanne, Sangiovese, Sauvignon Blanc, Semillon, Syrah, Tempranillo, and Viognier.

CANDY MOUNTAIN AVA

September 26, 2020

Candy Mountain becomes a sub-AVA within the Yakima Valley AVA in Washington State.

First Grapes Planted: 1998

AVA Established: 2020

Acres Planted: 110 (815 total)

Precipitation: 6" to 10" annually

Elevation: 640 feet to 1,360 feet above sea level

Aspect: South to southwest facing vineyards (2 to 20 degree slope)

Soil: Loess, windblown silt and sand over Missoula flood deposits and a basalt bedrock

(Warden, Shano, Scootenay, and Starbuck Series Soils)

Geographical Influences: "The Rattles" (Red Mountain, Badger Mountain, Little Badger Mountain, and Candy Mountain) and the Yakima Fold Belt.

Grape Varieties: Cabernet Franc, Cabernet Sauvignon, Grenache, Malbec, Merlot, Mourvèdre, Nebbiolo, Sangiovese, and Syrah.

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SOURCES:

Candy Mountain AVA Federal Register

Goose Gap AVA Federal Register

Royal Slope AVA Federal Register

The Burn of Columbia Valley AVA Federal Register

Washington State Wine

Washington Wine Report

White Bluffs AVA Federal Register