Columbia Valley AVA
While most of the Columbia Valley AVA is located in the state of Washington, the wine region also extends into the state of Oregon, stretching 185 miles wide and 200 miles long. Wine history on the Oregon side goes back to the early 1900s when pioneers planted the first vines on the steep hills just outside the small town of The Dalles. Today some of the Old Vine Zinfandel is still producing, and the area is flourishing with a number of distinguished wineries including Long Shadows Vintners.
The climate in the region, which is primarily high desert, offers growers, hot days ideal for even ripening, and cool nights that insures natural acidity. The most notable growing region in Oregon is the Columbia Gorge, which runs through the Cascade mountain range and channels cool air from the Pacific Ocean into the eastern deserts. This unique geographic orientation helps moderate the summer temperatures and protects grapes from the icy winters. With a varied number of microclimates all located in this one region it allows growers in Columbia Valley, Oregon to plant more than 30 varieties including Merlot, Syrah, Pinot Noir, Gewurztraminer, Pinot Gris, Riesling and others.
We are especially fond of the Pinot Noir from this wine region and have featured wines in our Platinum Wine Club as well.