- Idaho wine industry coming into its ownPosted 3 days ago
- Olympia gives Washington wineries more tasting roomsPosted 4 days ago
- Abacela, Bunnell star again at Pacific Rim International Wine CompetitionPosted 5 days ago
- Boushey takes over Klipsun Vineyard managementPosted 1 week ago
- Judges select favorites from 2017 Cascadia Wine CompetitionPosted 1 week ago
- Washington Syrah continues to grow in popularityPosted 1 week ago
- Red Mountain’s famed Klipsun Vineyard sold to Chicago firmPosted 2 weeks ago
- Bud break marks start of 2017 vintage for Washington winePosted 2 weeks ago
- Most Washington wineries won’t need new wastewater permitsPosted 2 weeks ago
- Maryhill Winery unveils plans for Spokane tasting roomPosted 2 weeks ago
Wahluke Slope is backbone of Washington wine industry
Washington winemakers have long regarded the arid and remote Wahluke Slope as a stable and important part of their arsenal.
The Wahluke Slope is an 81,000-acre region surrounded on three sides by the Columbia River. Annually, it can be counted on as one of the warmest agricultural areas in Washington. Today, about 9,000 acres of wine grapes are grown on the Wahluke Slope.
Pronounced “wah-LUKE,” the Wahluke Slope was formed about 12,000 years ago by a series of cataclysmic floods during the end of the last ice age. The result is a region that is consistent in soil type across its 13-mile width. In addition, the Wahluke Slope is rarely struck by the occasional arctic events that can damage Washington vineyards.
While many grape varieties are able to grow on the Wahluke Slope, the best tend to be Syrah, Merlot and Cabernet Sauvignon.
Here are a dozen delicious wines from the Wahluke Slope that we’ve tasted recently.