Walla Walla Valley Wine

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Walla Walla is a wine region within Columbia Valley that straddles both Oregon and Washington. Wine-making began in the mid-1800s, when an influx of pioneers, many of them Italian immigrants, who first settled in the area for the burgeoning fur trade and the Idaho gold rush. Though the commercial wine industry didn’t catch on in the region until the 1950s when the Pesciallo family established Blue Mountain Vineyards, the first in the region since the Prohibition. 

By the 1970s, wine-makers could see the potential for greatness thanks to climate conditions conducive to long growing seasons. The Cascade Mountain forms a natural rain shadow that protects the region, resulting in hot days and cool nights. There are a variety of terroirs extending through the region from the Blue Mountains downward. Glacial melt from the time of the Ice Age has left a deposit of rich, grape-friendly silt in much of the growing region. Walla Walla was granted AVA status in 1984. 
 
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Varietals Produced in Walla Walla Valley View all

  • Merlot

    The Occitanian word “merlot” translates to “young blackbird.” An accurate description for this popular, early-budding...

  • Cabernet Sauvignon

    “King of the Red Wine Grapes.” The colonizer of the vineyards, pushing native wine grapes into its shadows. The Caber...

  • Syrah

    The irony here is that Syrah’s origins could give Carmen Sandiego a run for her international wallet. Syrah’s deepest...

  • Chardonnay

    British wine writer and critic, Jancis Robinson, once noted that throughout the 80’s and 90’s in the United States, C...

  • Sangiovese

    Prounounced “San-joh-vay-say,” this Italian wine varietal is Tuscany’s #1 red wine grape. It’s the pistol of Central ...

Popular Wineries in Walla Walla Valley View all

  • Bunchgrass Winery

    In the early 1980’s, Roger Cockerline became interested in growing wine grapes and planted a smal...

  • Sweet Valley Wines

    Our winemaker, Josh McDaniel’s, is an up and coming wine making guru for the new millennium. He c...

  • Patit Creek Cellars

    Patit Creek Cellars was founded in 1999 and is considered a boutique winery at current production...

  • Amavi Cellars

    Our name is a combination of the Latin root words "am" (love) and "vi" (life). It represents our ...

  • Rulo Winery

    We love to fish, golf and cook. We drink wines produced globally. We have a 13 year old cat named...

  • Va Piano Vineyards

    Established in 2005, specialize in red variatels, Syrah, Cabernet Sauvignon and Merlot.

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Walla Walla Valley on Snooth

  • Garrison Creek Cellars Cabernet Sauvignon Walla Walla Valley 2013

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    Very pleasant wine, Lots of read fruit on the tip of the tongue--cherry, raspberry. This is in stark contrast to my usual CS experience where I get black fruit. Noticeable acid makes the fruit even more bright. A nice, easy to drink wine, but not one that I would pair with a grand dinner. We're having grilled burgers, tonight, and I'm very ... Read More

    Wine review by EMark


  • Gramercy Cellars the Deuce Syrah 2014

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    Wine review by BeautifulCalamity


  • Had this tasty merlot with rib eye tonight - 2013 L'Ecole No. 41 Estate Merlot Walla Walla ValleyThis was very, very good. The fruit was a confluence dark berry, plum and raspberry with cocoa. A little tart, acceptably so, evened out tannins with a core of savory notes and good finishing acidity. Well done. Quote Read More

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  • Garrison Creek Cellars Syrah 2013

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    Attractive dark plum color. Dark fruit nose. Not as much fruit on the tip of the tongue as I would have guessed from the nose. Very nice. Quite stiff tannin, and good acid. I like this wine, but I think it needs more time for the various factors to integrate. Read More

    Wine review by EMark


  • Several bottles showed up today:3 from Australia - L - Best's Great ... - 2014 K Vintner's Ovide Walla Walla Valley Cabernet Sauvigno Read More

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  • Eternal Wines Eternal Beauty Rose Walla Walla Valley 2016

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    Simple cherry, cranberry and strawberry notes with a bit of a tart finish. Read More

    Wine review by Snooth Editorial


  • Eternal Patience Roussane Walla Walla Valley 2014

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    Creamy Meyer lemon and poached pear aromas. Okay and chunky on the palate with a zesty vanilla spice, muted citrus fruit on the mid palate and a finish of rich cream, melted butter and peach. Read More

    Wine review by Snooth Editorial


  • Drink Washington State Carmenere Walla Walla Valley 2014

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    Fruit forward and fresh with black cherry and blackberry aromas and bright cherry blossom notes. This is surprisingly full and bright on the palate with loads of fruit notes, mostly mixed berry, blueberry and cherry fruit with puckering acidity, chewy tannins and a punchy chocolate cherry finish. Read More

    Wine review by Snooth Editorial


  • Jack, we love the Washington red blends from the Columbia Valley.  We discovered the Red Mountain AVA on our March trip to Washington and Oregon; ended up joining Long Shadows winery in Walla Walla.Today I picked up our May allocation from Medlock Ames.  Some nice reds here, along with Chardonnay. Read More

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  • L'Ecole 41 Pepper Bridge Vineyard Apogee 1998

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    For being nearly old enough to vote, this wine seems quite vibrant, with a lovely garnet color in the glass with just a hint of amber at the edges. The nose presents aromas of leather, cedar, oak and just a hint of musty peat reminiscent of a classic Bordeaux "funk." The taste brings forth some bright fruit flavors of blackberry and cherry col... Read More

    Wine review by jtryka


  • If you're looking for Walla Walla wines - go http://www.wallawallawinewoman.com. The best! Buy from someone who actually knows the Walla Walla Valley and knows about wine. From digging in the Walla Walla soil and planting vines to capping the finished product on the bottling line. No other Walla Walla wine store can make that claim.

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