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Ancient Lakes of the Columbia Valley AVA

Sitting square in the middle of Washington, the Ancient Lakes of the Columbia Valley AVA is named for the roughly three-dozen lakes that dot the region. Its nutrient-rich soils, left from the Missoula Floods, are rich with sand and loam, allowing growers to produce nearly two dozen varieties of grape, including riesling and chardonnay.

Cities and Towns

The Ancient Lakes AVA is surrounded by numerous communities, any of which would make an appealing overnight stay. To the east is Moses Lake and Ephrata; to the north, Wenatchee; to the west, Ellensburg; and in the center of the AVA are quaint communities like Quincy and George, both of which offer a smattering of overnight lodging options.

Key Touring Routes

Highways crisscross the Ancient Lakes AVA, and almost all pass at least a few wineries. State Route 28 runs east-west along the AVA’s northern border, State Route 281 runs north-south through the heart of the AVA, and Interstate 90 and State Route 283 cut diagonally through the region.

Selected Winery

The cave-like interior of the tasting room at Cave B Estate Winery in Quincy is charming enough, but the outdoor area is where the winery shines. Grape vines hang overhead, patches of grass invite visitors to spend the afternoon and views overlook impressive basalt cliffs.

Please remember to designate a driver.

– Written by John King. Updated by Matthew Wastradowski in September 2020

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