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Saturday, Mar. 14, 2009

Washington: Horse Heaven Hills

This large appellation - 570,000 acres - is south of the Yakima Valley and stretches to the Oregon border. It now has more than 9,000 acres of wine grapes planted. It was established in 2005.

Notable Horse Heaven Hills vineyards

Champoux Vineyards: Paul Champoux produces Cabernet Sauvignon treasured by winemakers throughout the Pacific Northwest. This vineyard’s first plantings were in 1972, when it was known as Mercer Ranch Vineyards. Champoux, who helped plant Columbia Crest’s Horse Heaven Vineyard about 20 miles to the east, began working at the vineyard in the late ’80s and later purchased it with four winery partners: Powers, Quilceda Creek, Woodward Canyon and Andrew Will. Champoux Vineyards annually receives just over 3,000 heat units per year.