Just west of Richland lies this region famous for producing award-winning reds. With its exceptional drainage and nutrient-rich soils, vines here grow strong and healthy. Kiona Vineyards (1- 866-360-6611 or 509-585-0903 or www.columbiavalleywines.com) pioneered this viticultural area, and visitors can taste their specialty Lemberger wine in a charming tasting room located in the basement of the winemaker’s home.
Terra Blanca Vintners, located at the base of picturesque Red Mountain, features Washington's first wine cellar caves. These caves, typical in France and California, are used to store and age Terra Blanca's fine red wines, tucked away in some 1,000 French oak barrels that line the walls. The winery's tasting room is open daily except from Christmas to Valentine's Day. 509-588-6082, www.terrablanca.com