The location’s elevation varies from 1200 to 2000 feet in a sluggish elevation drop to the western slope, which prevents exceedingly cold air and damaging winds that can trigger freeze damage. The elevation bestows cooler nights upon the grapevines, infusing them with food friendly level of acidity to stabilize the ripeness.
The foot hills of the Waterfall Mountain range form the western limit of the appellation, with the location extending eastward to the Kianna Hills near Richland. Interstate 82 is a practical path for visitors to explore the numerous wineries spread throughout the Yakima Valley’s landscape, which offers an abundant variety of micro-climates, steep and rugged hillsides, and fowl supporting wetlands. The bright slopes of Yakima Valley’s foothills supply the best growing conditions and temperatures for producing extremely flavored, well balanced and intricate wines including Cabernet Sauvignon, Oak Chardonnay, German style Riesling, and Syrah.