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Great NW Wine - Fed Establish Lewis Clark AVA

4/19/2016

Perhaps it did take a small act of Congress, but the Lewis-Clark Valley American Viticultural Area becomes official today.

The Department of Treasury’s Alcohol and Tobacco Tax and Trade Bureau (TTB) issued a statement Tuesday that it will publish a final rule in the Federal Register to establish the Lewis-Clark Valley AVA, identifying a 306,658-acre segment within the historic grape-growing region surrounding Lewiston, Idaho, and Clarkston, Wash.

“We read the press release five or six times, and we both got teary,” said winemaker Coco Umiker, who owns Clearwater Canyon Cellars in Lewiston with her husband/vineyard manager, Karl. “It’s almost surreal. We’ve been fighting for it and wanting it for so long.”