ANCIENT LAKE AVA
Named after a series of thirty-five lakes that dot the area and one of Washington States most northern growing regions, Ancient Lakes of Columbia Valley AVA has developed a world-class recognition for white wines. Riesling, Chardonnay, Pinot Gris, Sauvignon Blanc, Rosé and Sparkling bases thrive in the high elevation, calcium-based soils. The area has a diverse and complex topography courtesy of soils deposited by the Missoula Floods thousands of years ago.
The AVA lies in the rain shadow of the Cascade Mountains, receiving a mere 6 to 8 inches of annual rainfall – ideal conditions for growing wine grapes. Vineyards within the AVA boast a variety of soils, from sand to small particle silt, that sit on top of a caliche layer above a basalt ridge. Varied terroirs, and an elevation of about 1,300 feet, lead to more complexity in wines. Crisp acids, minerality and vibrant varietally-driven fruit characteristics that have made the Ancient Lakes AVA a premiere growing area. White wines sourced from Ancient Lakes consistently score above 92 points, a feat unheard of for a predominantly white grape growing region.