Fueled by a warm dry climate with ideal soils, the Wahluke vineyards are cooled by the wind and nourished by water of the mighty Columbia River flowing nearby, creating a perfect balance. Seven Falls is proud to call the Wahluke Slope home to it's wines.
Many local winemakers consider the Wahluke Slope to be the backbone of the Washington wine industry. As one of the recent American Vitriculture Areas (AVA) established in the state, it is a virtual Eden for wine grapes. Established in 2005, the Wahluke Slope AVA includes 81,000 acres within the renowned Columbia Valley appellation.
One of Washington's warmest and driest regions, and only 100% south-facing AVA in Washington state, it receives less than six inches of rain annually. The lack of precipitation allows for complete control of irrigation and wine vigor. Wahluke vineyards are on a broad southern facing slope, where the gentle grade and proximity to the Columbia River helps minimize frost, protecting the vines and grapes from damage. Wahluke slope is bordered by the Columbia River to the west and south, the Saddle Mountains at the north, and a national monument with a protected wildlife area to the east. An ancient flood plain in the area left behind uniform alluvial soils with deep topsoil plus sand, rocks and loam which gives vines ample drainage and consistent vigor and ripening.
The results are wines with bold, ripe, full-bodied yet varietally pure fruit flavors; wines of the Wahluke slope are expressive and rich, with an elegant structure and memorable finish. There were once 7 waterfalls spanning 10 miles that ran through the Wahluke slope. The falls and the river are the inspiration behind Seven Falls Cellars wines.