Yakima County Development Association - Yakima Wine Industry Garners Top Reputation

Jonathan Smith

The President’s Pen is a weekly blog written by Jonathan Smith, New Vision’s President and CEO about local economic development projects and initiatives. It also covers economic trends, workforce issues, business climate policies, and manufacturing news. 



Yakima Wine Industry Garners Top Reputation

January 31, 2011

Recently I read an article suggesting that the Yakima Valley's wines were relatively unknown compared to their higher profile cousins from other parts of Washington. After agreeing in part with this sentiment, I then sizzled a bit because our grapes and wines deserve more respect. Yakima County produces more wine grapes than any other county in the state. Our region also produces more different wine grape varietals than any other area in Washington.

Grapes grown in Yakima County produce some of Washington State's finest white and red wines. We also enjoy many fantastic wineries that turn out award winning wines. Our recent research shows that lots of our local wineries are winning critical acclaim across the country. Other Washington wineries using grapes from our region are also getting top scores and accolades.

Take a look at the attached spreadsheet profiling great wines made in or sourced from Yakima County. We found over 130 wines that scored 90+ points or won accolades at wine competitions last year. Please feel free to use this as a shopping list, but you better hurry. It's our experience that wines receiving notoriety literally fly off the store shelves. If you cannot find the exact bottle you are looking for, take solace that we will continue to make world class wines and provide you with opportunities down the road to enjoy our fruits of the vine.

wine scores 2010

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