I Hope There Are No Rattlesnakes In Those Hills

Gretchen Neuman
VinoVerve Editor

Located completely within the Columbia Valley AVA and within Benton and Yakima Counties, Rattlesnake Hills is a 16 mile long stretch of territory of basalt mountains. The AVA was created in 2006 but has been under cultivation since 1968 when the Morrison Vineyard was planted with Cabernet Sauvignon and Riesling for Chateau St. Michelle. Currently there are nearly 30 vineyards in the area some of which can be found here

Grape varietals grown in the hills include Cabernet Franc, Cabernet Sauvignon, Chardonnay, Chenin Blanc, Gewürtztraminer, Malbec, Merlot, Muscat Canelli, Petite Sirah, Riesling, Semillion and Viognier.

The AVA is centered around Zillah, Washington. I am hoping given that I will be in Walla Walla which is relatively close by, that I will get to experience the hills for myself. I was especially relieved to learn that the name “rattlesnake” comes from the shape of the hills… and not for any reptilian invaders in the area. I am like Indiana Jones that way. I hate snakes.

Rattlesnake Hills AVA

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2 Responses to I Hope There Are No Rattlesnakes In Those Hills

  1. Gail Puryear says:

    We guarantee that you will see no rattlesnakes in our vineyards. On March 17, St. Patrick’s Day, we chase them out. I have lived here for 30 years and have yet to see one.

    Actually, the AVA is totally in Yakima County, although the range of hills extends into Benton County.

    The AVA is one of the warmest in the state and is home to many great wines due to the varied topography of the hills. North slopes grow great cool climate grapes, while the south slopes grow big reds.

    You might visit my blog, the Grumpy Winemaker.