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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  • Sangiovese

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

  • Merlot

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

  • Chardonnay

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

  • Syrah

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

  • Cabernet Sauvignon

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

Popular Wineries in Walla Walla Valley View all

  • Beresan Winery

    Located in the world-renowned Walla Walla Valley appellation, Beresan Winery takes pride in produ...

  • Whitman Cellars

    Welcome to Whitman Cellars, crafters of traditional Bordeaux and Rhone style wines of balance and...

  • Otis Kenyon Wine

    Otis Kenyon Wine is a family owned and managed winery with deep historical ties to the Walla Wall...

  • Five Star Cellars

    David Huse retired in 1999 and soon found that he needed something to occupy his time. He had alw...

  • Gifford-Hirlinger

    Gifford Hirlinger is a small family owned operation that started way back in 2001. It was in tha...

  • Mannina Cellars

    Our wines are fermented in small open-top bins and hand punched three times a day in order to ext...

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Walla Walla Valley on Snooth

  • Basel Cellars Ode To Merriment Columbia Valley 2004

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    Wine review by markmas


  • Zero One Vintners Wild Sky Cabernet Sauvignon 2010

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    A nice medium bodied Cab. Good balance, easy to drink. Read More

    Wine review by TrinityNOLA


  • DM - I'm not sure about Nebbiolo in Walla Walla.  The region seems to be too hot for Nebbiolo in comparison to Northern Italy. Some of the better Washington Nebbiolo I have had comes from Red Mountain vineyards.  Which is interesting, because when you look up "Hot Washington AVA" in the dictionary you find a picture of Red Mountain!  The quality... Read More

    Forum post in the topic Whatcha drinking tonight?


  • Va Piano Vineyards Cabernet Sauvignon Columbia Valley 2008

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    Very oaky on the nose. Attractive clear, deep purple color. WHOA. Major tannin on introduction. Gripping does not describe it. This is windpipe-constricting puckeriness. There is a hint of typical CS cassis, but I am having to look for it. I am getting earthiness and rough tobacco-y things mid- to rear-palate. On the aftertaste Im gettin... Read More

    Wine review by EMark


  • Gramercy Cellars the Deuce Syrah 2012

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    Wine review by alm mtw


  • Doubleback Cabernet Sauvignon Walla Walla Valley 2011

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    The wine is a beautiful deep garnet color in the glass with nice clarity. The nose is a lovely combination of ripe wild berries, blackberry, marionberry and raspberry intermingled with some earthy notes of leather and a hint of baking spice. The taste is a burst of tart cherry at the outset that transitions nicely to some vanilla bean and dark... Read More

    Wine review by jtryka


  • Boomtown Cabernet Sauvignon 2012

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    Wine review by mcrawford2


  • Boomtown Merlot 2012

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    Wine review by mcrawford2


  • Burnt Bridge Cellars Semmillon

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    This is produced with knowledge and tender loving care by Burnt Bridge Cellars. It has a lovely aroma of citrus, almond and dust. Although it is a bit pricy for an unknown, to drink it is to love it. Makes me feel like a King.This is their 2013 Vintage Read More

    Wine review by jamessulis


  • L'Ecole 41 Walla Walla Valley Cabernet Sauvignon 2011

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    The wine is a beautiful ruby color in the glass with just a bit of opacity. The nose is quite nice, with a combination of ripe plums, blackberries and tart cherry intermingled with some green herb notes. The taste is quite nice, with a bit of cherry compote and smoke at the outset, transitioning to some tobacco and earthy peat notes midpalate. ... Read More

    Wine review by jtryka


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