How Red Mountain grew into Washington’s premier wine region

“This is the granddaddy of Red Mountain,” says JJ Williams, who showed off this massive 1975 cabernet sauvignon vine, among the oldest in Kiona Vineyard, planted by his grandparents and others in the Red Mountain AVA. Some of these original grape plants stand more than 6 feet tall, and during harvest season, pickers sometimes need to stand on something to get at the fruit. (Ken Lambert / The Seattle Times)
“This is the granddaddy of Red Mountain,” says JJ Williams, who showed off this massive 1975 cabernet sauvignon vine, among the oldest in Kiona Vineyard, planted by his grandparents and others in the Red Mountain AVA. (Ken Lambert / The Seattle Times)

Vineyard visionaries recognized the potential of a sagebrush-covered hill, now the state’s most important grape-growing ground.

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