Located to the southeast of Yakima and northwest of the Tri-Cities is a stretch of panoramic land known as the Lower Yakima Valley.
Notable cities that comprise this area include Sunnyside, Grandview, Prosser, and Zillah. Sunnyside is the most populated city in the Lower Yakima Valley, with a population of about 16,000 people. The total population of the Lower Valley is about 45,000.
Featuring fertile soils and sunny skies, the Lower Yakima Valley is one of the most agriculturally diverse and productive stretches of land in the world. Key crops include apples, wine grapes, peaches, plums, nectarines, asparagus, pears, cherries, chili peppers, and pumpkins.
Boasting a climate and soil almost identical to the famous wine-producing regions of France, the Lower Valley is dotted with dozens of wineries, many of them award-winning. Wine-tasting tours are a big tourist draw for this region, as are seasonal wine country celebrations featuring local food and drink.
With numerous farmer’s markets offering fresh produce, an abundance of local wines and sunshine throughout much of the year, the Lower Yakima Valley is home to a relaxed, rural lifestyle with a focus on good food, good wine, and a sense of community.