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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  • Cabernet Sauvignon

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

  • 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...

  • 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...

Popular Wineries in Walla Walla Valley View all

  • 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...

  • Adamant Cellars

    Adamant Cellars is a product of a 20-year dream. With my passion for winemaking, my wife Debra an...

  • L'Ecole No 41

    L'Ecole Nº 41 has been producing premium, handcrafted varietal wines in the Walla Walla Valley...

  • Ash Hollow Winery

    Ash Hollow is a boutique winery operation which focuses on producing ultra-premium quality wines....

  • Covington Cellars

    Making small quantities of wine from the highest quality fruit is only half of our goal here at C...

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Walla Walla Valley on Snooth

  • Pullman ain't exactly Walla Walla Valley. But good explanation about that unfortunate name, Lucha. Strange how many people get all involved in their naming without stepping back and looking at it in a broader perspective. Just had a discussion with an exec at a large securities house over here that got renamed awhile ago 'GMO Securities'. They h... Read More

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  • Amavi Cellars Cabernet Sauvignon Walla Walla Valley 2011

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    Excellent wine with earthy tones accenting the rich dark berry fruits, clove and spice. Smooth tannic structure combines with good acidty to an aftertaste that is good and lasting. Paul - 91 points Read More

    Wine review by rckr1951


  • Amavi Cellars Cabernet Sauvignon Walla Walla Valley 2011

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    Wine review by boglebogle


  • Amavi Cabernet Sauvignon Walla Walla Valley 2011

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  • MJET - Here's a list of wines that are currently out there (out of ... ... ... Valley "Uriah" Walla Walla Valley Bordeaux Blend2013 Peter Franus Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon2012 Cadence "Tapteil Vineyard" Red Mountain Bordeaux Blend***2012 Cadence "Ciel du Cheval Vineyard" Red Mountain Bordeaux Blend***2012 Smith-Madrone Spring Mountain Dist... Read More

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  • 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

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  • 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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