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The state in the far northwest of the United States on the Pacific coast with the capital Olympia was only settled by whites from 1810. It borders in the south Oregon, in the north Canada and in the west Idaho, Wine growing in Washington, however, has only been practiced on a large scale since the mid-20th century after the Second World War (1939-1945). As 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, predominantly white grape varieties are grown in the small AVA Puget Sound located here. The Columbia Valley main cultivation area is located in the east behind the Cascade Mountains, which are up to 4,400 meters high. Here are over 95% of the vineyards. This desert-like area has dry hot summers and arctic cold winters. Due to the lack of rain, an artificial irrigation with the waters of the Columbia River, Snake River and...