The Columbia Gorge is one of only two Washington AVAs (the other being Puget Sound) located outside of the Columbia Valley. The Gorge’s defining characteristic is the corridor created by the Columbia River cutting through the Cascade Mountains. The area ranges from steep, volcanic rock to terraced benchlands. The corridor creates a wind tunnel with cool marine air from western Washington replenishing hot, dry air from eastern Washington. As a result, the western portion of the Gorge is considerably cooler and wetter than the eastern portion. One of Washington’s best regarded vineyards, Celilo, is located in the western part of the Gorge, and its grapes are used in top rated wines produced by Ken Wright Cellars, Syncline and Woodward Canyon.


Top Varieties


Pinot Noir



Pinot Gris/Grigio

Sauvignon Blanc


Columbia Gorge Wine Links

Columbia Gorge Winegrowers Association


Columbia Gorge Wineries - Highest Visitor Ratings

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Columbia Gorge Wineries - Highest Wine Critic Ratings

1.   Analemma  
2.   Major Creek Cellars  
3.   Marchesi Vineyards  
4.   Syncline Wine Cellars  
5.   AlmaTerra Wines  
6.   Cor Cellars  
7.   Domaine Pouillon  
8.   Phelps Creek Vineyards & Winery  
9.   Viento Wines  
10.   Wy 'East Vineyards  

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All Columbia Gorge Wineries (36) [map view]

AlmaTerra Wines


AniChe Cellars

AniChe Hood River

Ascendente Winery

Cascade Cliffs Tasting Room

Cathedral Ridge Winery

Cerulean Wines

Columbia Gorge Winery & Klickitat Canyon Wines

Cor Cellars

Domaine Pouillon

Garnier Vineyards

Gorge Crest Winery

Hiyu Wine Farm

Hood Crest Winery

Hood River Vineyards & Winery

Major Creek Cellars

Marchesi Vineyards

Mt. Hood Winery

Naked Winery

Outdoor Wino

Pheasant Valley Vineyard & Winery

Phelps Creek Vineyards & Winery

Quenett Cellars

Springhouse Cellar

Stave & Stone Winery

Stella Fino - Hood River

Stoltz Vineyards

Syncline Wine Cellars

The Gorge White House

The Pines 1852 at The Pines Tasting Room

Viento Wines

White Salmon Tasting Room & Café

White Salmon Vineyard

Wind River Cellars

Wy 'East Vineyards