The Red Mountain AVA (established in 2001) is located at Red Mountain within Washington State. It is part of the larger Columbia Valley AVA, lying in the lower portion of the Yakima Valley. Located between Benton City and Richland, the Red Mountain American Viticultural Area is the smallest in the state with only 4,040 acres in area. The area has 600 acres under cultivation of primarily red varietals including Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, Sangiovese, Cabernet Franc and Syrah. Despite being a relatively new AVA, the reputation of the wines produced in this area has brought Red Mountain worldwide acclaim. The vineyards in this appellation have produced grapes for some of the most sought after wines in Washington State.