Ancient Lakes of Columbia Valley
The new Ancient Lakes appellation, referred to locally as the Quincy Basin, is located in north-central Washington state and is wholly contained within the Columbia Valley region. It is named after a series of thirty-five lakes that dot the area. The Ancient Lakes is at the northern end of the Columbia Valley and has a correspondingly cooler climate. As such, white wines are emphasized here and the region has a good reputation as a source of consistent, varietally correct Riesling in particular. There are currently only six wineries in the area along with six major commercial vineyards that provide fruit to wineries across the state. About 1,400 acres are under vine and that number is climbing steadily. (Wine/Appellations)