Our next stop on the Washington wine trail takes us to Rattlesnake Hills AVA, forming the northern boundary of Yakima Valley AVA. Wine grapes were first planted here in 1968 by
Chateau Ste. Michelle to make Riesling and Cabernet Sauvignon, and has been growing great grapes ever since. Other varietals include Merlot, Malbec, Syrah and Chardonnay. The fine slopes, silt loam soil and altitude (rises up over 3500 feet above sea level) makes this a unique growing area, worthy of the AVA status it earned in 2006.
Twenty-nine vineyards and 17 wineries now call this area home, including certified organic Morrison vineyard, producing excellent Merlot for Bonair Winery. Other wineries include Agate Field Vineyard, Masset Winery, Claar Cellars and Two Mountain Winery. Their wines aren't easy to find in the Chicagoland area, but you can order them off their websites.
Try some of these unique wines and make sure to stop by on your next trip to Yakima Valley!