The Yakima Valley is one of the coolest wine regions in Washington State. Its silty loam soils are free draining and relatively fertile, although the Cascades mountains create a rain shadow, meaning that all vines must be irrigated. Wine growers are provided with ample water by the Yakima river and its tributaries, as well as a number of canals and wells. It's not only grapes that thrive here; fruit orchards are abundant and the region is also responsible for nearly 80% of US hop production.
Gewurztraminer is a pink-skinned grape variety that produces some of the most distinctively aromatic wines in the world, an intense style that also polarizes people. Ardent fans of Gewurztraminer adore its highly perfumed scents and slightly spicy flavors, while its detractors lament its lack of acid and obvious fruit tones. Few, however, would deny Gewurztraminer’s presence on the olfactory radar.