Horse Heaven Hills
Established in 2005, vineyards have been planted here since 1972 and it contains some of the State’s oldest and largest. There are about 8,400 acres of grapes planted over 570,000 acres- but don’t let the vastness of the vineyards fool you- the first three “100 point” wines were made from grapes sourced from vineyards here. Although there are 37 total varieties planted on the Horse Heaven Hills, Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, Chardonnay, Riesling, and Syrah are the primary varieties. Renowned vineyards here include: Canoe Ridge, Champoux Vineyards, Alder Ridge, Andrews-Horse Heaven Vineyard and Wallula Gap Vineyard.
For decades, the Horse Heaven Hills has been home to dozens of vineyards. Columbia Crest was the sole winery located here, but in the past 5 or so years vineyard owners established the Horse Heaven Hills AVA and built wineries with tasting rooms to show off the fruits of their labor (pun intended). Of Washington’s 100 point wines, the first 3 were made with grapes from this region.
This winery touring region is easily accessed through Prosser, making that town a good hub for a weekend getaway. You can also travel north from the Columbia River/ Oregon border. For instance, coming from the Tri-Cities travel south to the border and visit Columbia Crest andChateau Champoux Tours & Tasting and keep heading west through the Columbia Gorge winery area. Or you can head north to the other wineries of the Horse Heaven Hills.