Some wonderful wines are being produced all over the United States, and the unique climate, rich soil, and mountainous terrain of the Pacific Northwest region lends itself well to the arts of grape-growing and wine-making.
It's no surprise, therefore, that some of America's finest wines are being made in areas around Washington State, with the Horse Heaven Hills AVA standing out as one of the top wine-growing regions in this part of the country.
Located in the southeastern part of Washington State, the beautifully named Horse Heaven Hills AVA includes thousands of acres of vineyards and produces some of the finest cult wines of the entire Pacific Northwest region, including some particularly popular and highly prized Cabernet Sauvignons. The family farmers in this AVA grow many other grapes on beautiful terrain, and the whole area is highly picturesque.
Many wine makers and grape growers in the AVA have joined together in the non-profit Horse Heaven Hills Wine Growers organization, dedicated to raising awareness of this amazing AVA and the wonderful wines being produced there.
Horse Heaven Hills Wine Growers - A Non-Profit Association of Washington Wine Growers
The Horse Heaven Hills Wine Growers is made up of many different vineyards from around the Horse Heaven Hills AVA, including the likes of Canoe Ridge, Coyote Canyon, Mercer Canyons, Water From Wine, Champoux Vineyards, and Destiny Ridge. There are several tasting rooms and wineries for visitors to explore in the area, and the AVA is a beautiful and scenic place to explore an drive around.
Visitors can spend some time at the Crow Butte Park campground or Destiny Ridge glamping location, dining at the likes of Mohave, Wine O'Clock, Mustang, The Barn, and several other casual and gourmet eateries in the area, and enjoy the spectacular scenery and heritage of the region all around them. What's more, the Horse Heaven Hills Wine Growers organize a very exciting annual event, the Trail Drive, and no wine lover will want to miss out on this exciting occasion.
HHH Wine Growers Annual Trail Drive
The Annual Trail Drive of the HHH Wine Growers is one of the hottest events on the region's calendar. Each year, this self-guided scenic driving wine trail brings together wine lovers and makers from far and wide.
The event is held on the third Saturday of July each year and lets attendees engage with other wine lovers, taste some wonderful wines, enjoy great food, meet some new friends, and learn more about wine-growing in the Horse Heaven Hills AVA.
All of the money raised from the event goes towards scholarships in viticulture and ecology, helping local students pursue their dreams and preserving the rich heritage and traditions of Washington State wine growing.
The Annual Trail Drive for 2019
In 2019, the Horse Heaven Hills Wine Growers organization will be celebrating its 14th annual HHH Trail Drive. Here are all the details about this exciting event:
- Date - The 14th Annual Trail Drive for the Horse Heaven Hills Wine Growers will be held on Saturday, July 20, 2019.
- Location - The Trail Drive follows a route from Alderdale to Paterson. It's one of the most scenic drives you can enjoy in Washington State, and it will take you to some super wineries and vineyards along the way.
- What To Expect - The Annual Trail Drive lets visitors drive along a picturesque wine trail and stop off at various vineyards and key locations along the way. At each stop, you'll be able to meet local wine-makers, hear their stories, taste their wines, and engage with other wine lovers who are also participating in the Trail Drive. At the end of the day, a large country BBQ is organized for all attendees to share and enjoy together, as well as more wine tastings and live music performances too.
- Non-Drivers - If you prefer not to drive the trail yourself, you can also purchase a VIP Bus Tour ticket and climb aboard the bus to be driven around. Important Information - Kids are welcome to come along for the Annual Trail Drive but only individuals aged 21 and above will be able to partake in the wine tastings. Younger visitors can enjoy the BBQ at Crow Butte Park. All interested parties are urged to reserve their tickets as quickly as possible, and if you’d like to spend a night at the AVA, it’s vital to reserve your spot at the Crow Butte Park campground or Destiny Ridge tiny houses as soon as possible. All parties are also urged to have their own designated drivers for the day to ensure the safety of all guests.
- Tickets - All those wishing to come along for the Trail Drive will need to buy tickets. You can buy VIP Bus Tour tickets or individual tickets for the BBQ, the Trail Drive itself (with wine tastings and a souvenir glass included in the price) or combo tickets for both the drive and the BBQ. Tickets can be safely and securely purchased online and must be printed off and presented on the day of the event. website