Wine Country

Sip your way through southwest Washington

With long, sun-drenched days and more than 200 wineries within a two-hour drive, Washington’s Wine Country Region offers a stunning natural setting for sipping award-winning wines straight from the source.

Located in south-central Washington, the region is home to some of the country’s best syrahs, merlots, cabernet sauvignons, and chardonnays.

East of the Cascades, hilltop wineries overlook pristine lakes, dormant volcanoes stand tall over lush vineyards, and acres of vines rise from mineral-rich soils. Washington’s Wine Country covers multiple AVAs, including the Columbia Valley, Walla Walla Valley, Yakima Valley, Red Mountain, Rattlesnake Hills, Horse Heaven Hills, and Naches Heights.

While Washington wines have garnered international attention, the Wine County Region remains friendly and unpretentious, dotted with charming small towns and budding metropolitan areas with their own art and dining scenes.

Whether you base yourself in Yakima Valley, Tri-Cities or Walla Walla, you’ll be perfectly positioned to discover the region’s many attractions.

With 300 days of sunshine, recreational opportunities abound. Visitors can take to the Columbia, Snake and Yakima rivers and find myriad spots to bike, hike, hunt, and fish. Due in part to the climate, golf is one of the area’s most popular sports. Wine Valley Golf Club in Walla Walla was designed by architect Dan Hixson in the shadow of the Blue Mountains and tops many golfers’ bucket lists.

When it comes to beverages, wine isn't the only star of the show. In the Yakima Valley, which is responsible for about 75 percent of the hops grown in the country, visitors will find an emphasis on craft beer. An easy way to responsibly sample some of the area’s brews is through a hop-on-hop-off shuttle.