Tri-Cities Facts and Trivia
The heart of Washington's wine country. With over 300 days of sunshine.
Largest open-air fresh produce market in Washington State
Second largest navigational lock in the world
First commercial airport west of the Mississippi
Rattlesnake mountain - tallest treeless mountain in the western hemisphere
Last free-flowing stretch of the mighty Columbia River
Nation's 2nd largest wine producing area
Ten golf courses
63 wineries in a 50 mile radius
Three rivers: Yakima, Columbia and Snake Rivers
Eight museums and visitor centers
Eight National Wildlife Refuges and nature trails
Four National Historic Register sites
The combined population of Kennewick, Pasco, and Richland is 110,940
Including Benton and Franklin counties is 178,000
Tri-Cities elevation ranges from 300 feet to 700 feet. With the Rattlesnake Mountain Ridge elevation reaching 3,500 feet.
Tri-Cities' Columbia Valley lies on the same latitude as the great Burgundy and Bordeaux regions of France--with rich volcanic soil, and perfect temperature for growing the best wine grapes.
The Columbia Valley Appellation (viticultural region) is home to the Yakima Valley, Walla Walla Valley, and Red Mountain sub-appellations.
One new winery opening every 18 days in the state of Washington (According to the Washington Wine Commission, 1999) 99% of the Washington's wine grapes come from eastern Washington's Columbia Valley 26 varieties of wine grown Ranking of production volume:
New York #3
Maybe I don't need to go to France, just do a little wine tasting in my "own backyard"
(just kidding Karen)