One of the world’s most unique and diverse wine regions, grapes have been grown in the Columbia Valley since the early 1900s. The valley stretches from the Okanagan National Forest in the north all the way to Dalles, Oregon in the south, with the majority of the appellation located on the Columbia River Plateau. To the west, the beautiful Cascade Mountains serve as a natural barrier to the Pacific Ocean, creating a dry, desert-like climate, with warm sunny days, cool nights and an average rainfall, of just 6 to 8 inches annually.
Located between the 46th and 47th parallels, where Bordeaux and Burgundy are also situated, the region is marked by its distinctive soils. Though it is acclaimed for a number of grape varieties, Cabernet Sauvignon is the most widely planted grape in the region—and rightfully so. Grown in the valley’s arid, sun-kissed climate, Cabernet develops beautiful depth and complexity, with velvety tannins, alluring aromas, and lush berry flavors.