Washington wineries want to expand appellation.
The Walla Walla Valley Winegrowers, a group of Washington state
wineries and grapegrowers, petitioned the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco and
Firearms (ATF) to increase the size of the Walla Walla appellation, an
area in eastern Washington and Oregon particularly noted for its red
wines. The ATF is asking for comments on the proposal before Aug. 7. If
approved, the American Viticultural Area would expand to include 29
wineries, more than doubling the current number, and would encompass a
total of 340,000 acres in the counties of Walla Walla in Washington and
Umatilla in Oregon. Of that land, more than 1,000 acres are currently
planted with grapes, mostly Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot and Syrah.
Officials say it will be one of the first American Viticultural Areas
for Washington defined by wine style, and by the taste of the fruit