Naches Heights wineries apply for new appellation

YAKIMA -- Several wineries and vineyards are trying to garner federal recognition for a wine-grape growing region northwest of Yakima.

Harlequin Cellars, NHV Winery and Wilridge Winery all own vineyard land in the Naches Heights area. They say the area’s unique climate and soil deserve special recognition as an American Viticultural Area.

The proposed area consists of 13,254 acres, and stretches from the confluence of the Naches River and Cowiche Creek to the confluence of the Naches and Tieton Rivers.

Washington already has nine such federally-recognized appellations.