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The state in the extreme northwest of the United States on the Pacific coast with the capital Olympia was populated only from 1810 by whites. It adjoins the south Oregon, in the north Canada and in the west Idaho, However, winegrowing in Washington is more widely practiced only since the mid-20th century after the Second World War (1939-1945). When AVA areas are classified 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, in the small AVA Puget Sound located here mainly white grape varieties are grown. To the east, behind the 4,400-meter-high Cascade Mountains is the main 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 must be an artificial irrigation done with the waters of the Columbia River, Snake River and Yakima River. Mainly...