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Yakima Valley

AVA in the US state of Washington; see there.
The state in the extreme northwest of the USA on the Pacific coast with the capital Olympia was only settled by whites from 1810 onwards. It borders Oregon to the south, Canada to the north and Idaho to the west. However, viticulture in Washington has only been practised on a larger scale since the middle of the 20th century after the Second World War (1939-1945). Classified AVA areas are Columbia Gorge (also Oregon), Columbia Valley (also Oregon), Horse Heaven Hills, Puget Sound, Rattlesnake Hills, Red Mountain, Wahluke Slope, Walla Walla Valley (also Oregon) and Yakima Valley

The climate in the west on the Pacific coast is mild and humid, and in the small AVA Puget Sound located here, mainly white grape varieties are cultivated. In the east, behind the Cascade Mountains, which are up to 4,400 metres high, is the main growing area, the Columbia Valley. Here are over 95% of the vineyards. In this desert-like area there are dry hot summers and arctic cold winters. Due to the lack of rain, artificial irrigation with the waters of the Columbia River, Snake River and Yakima River is necessary....

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