The Wahluke Slope, a isolated tract of land in SE Washington, will soon be designated the state's eighth federally recognized wine grape growing region. The area borders the Columbia River and the Saddle Mountains. Also east of the Hanford reach National Monument. The award by the ATFB will be awarded January 6, 2006. The name, Wahluke or "Watering Place" was given by the Native Americans who settled in the area. The new appellation has a total of 81,000 acres and features more than 20 vineyards, one winery and two wine-production facilities. At this time it represents 20 percent of Washington's wine-grape acreage.
The grapes from Wahluke produce very tannic and intense wines.