The Snipes Mountain AVA might be the second-smallest growing region in Washington, but you’d never know it by the region’s vast output.
At just 4,410 acres, the Snipes Mountain AVA comprises (surprise!) Snipes Mountain and the adjacent Harrison Hill. The AVA’s high elevation and unique soils make it one of the oldest grape-growing regions in Washington. Today, growers produce more than 35 varieties, including syrah, malbec, and merlot, and those grapes are used by more than 25 wineries throughout the region. Snipes Mountain is even home to the state’s second-oldest block of cabernet sauvignon grapes.
Cities and Towns
Bordered by the Yakima River to the south and Interstate 82 to the north, Snipes Mountain sits wholly within the broader Yakima Valley AVA. Sunnyside, just a few miles east of the AVA, is a charming community that’s home to a pair of breweries, homegrown restaurants, local wineries and more.
Key Touring Routes
The best of the region can be found along Interstate 82 and Yakima Valley Highway, both of which follow the AVA’s northern border.
Smasne Cellars sources more than a dozen grape varieties from Snipes Mountain and pours those wines at a cozy tasting room in Prosser.
Please remember to designate a driver.
– Written by John King. Updated by Matthew Wastradowski in September 2020