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SEATTLE, Sept. 25, 2020 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) — The Alcohol and Tobacco Tax and Trade Bureau (TTB) published the final rule for the Candy Mountain American Viticultural Area (AVA) on September 25, 2020, making it the 16th AVA in Washington.The AVA is located on an isolated mountain with excellent cold air drainage that rises above lower elevation plains.A very large percentage of the AVA faces to the south, enhancing solar radiation and allowing the soils to warm quickly in the spring.The soils, especially on the upper slopes, are shallower than those of the surrounding plains, allowing vine roots to penetrate to the underlying basalt bedrock or ice age flood deposits.The soils of Candy Mountain are composed of wind-deposited silt and sand that overlies silt, sand, and gravel deposited by ice age floods on the lower slopes of the mountain, and basalt bedrock on the upper slopes. There are currently 110 acres of vineyards planted in the AVA, and almost all are red varieties.Candy Mountain comes on the heels of Washington’s Royal Slope AVA, which was published on September 2. To qualify as an AVA, a wine grape-growing region must be distinguishable by features such as climate, soil, elevation and physical features. One month after the final rule is published, wineries may submit a Certificate of Label Approval (COLA) request to TTB for a label using the AVA name as an appellation of origin.

“The process to establish a new AVA takes years, so we’re excited to see these two come to fruition,” Warner said. “There are several more AVAs currently under petition to be approved in the coming years, which is another positive sign of our long-term continued growth. With 1,000 wineries, 60,000 acres of vineyards and now 16 AVAs, we’re still only just getting started.”
Resources for Media:Candy Mountain photos, please credit photographers as noted in linkFinal Rule, Candy Mountain AVA, published on September 25, 2020Candy Mountain profile, Washington Wine websiteWashington AVA mapRoyal Slope AVA press release, published on September 2, 2020About the Washington State Wine Commission:
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AttachmentDSC_1194Heather Bradshaw
Washington State Wine Commission
(206) 495-5844
hbradshaw@washingtonwine.org