Red Mountain and the Tri-Cities: Grape Country

No question—Red Mountain looks like wine country. The tiny appellation has a little over 4,000 total acres, about half of it planted with wine grapes. And yet, relatively few operations actually make wine here; Red Mountain’s main appeal is that agricultural charm.

Any visit should start with Kiona Vineyards and Winery, just outside Benton City. Kiona was there at the beginning of Red Mountain’s vinous journey, when John Williams and Jim Holmes planted the area’s first vineyard in 1975. (Holmes subsequently went on to plant famed Ciel du Cheval Vineyard, while the Williams family has become one of the main growers on Red Mountain, farming over

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