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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  • 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...

  • Merlot

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

  • Sangiovese

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

  • 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

  • Glen Fiona

    Established in 1994, Glen Fiona (Gaelic for "Valley of the Vine") was Walla Walla valley's firs...

  • Cougar Crest Winery

    COUGAR CREST ESTATE WINERY was established at the Walla Walla Airport in 2001 by Deborah and Davi...

  • Spring Valley Vineyard

    Spring Valley Vineyard is situated 12 miles northeast of Walla Walla, spread amid the picturesque...

  • Ash Hollow Winery

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

  • 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...

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Walla Walla Valley on Snooth

  • Lodmell Cellars Merlot Walla Walla Valley 2007

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    nose of nectar; black currant and pepper spices, but with some mineral freshness Read More

    Wine review by Dennis Lim


  • We are renting a car of course, so I'll do most of the driving.  Driving to Walla Walla will be an experience I bet, as we go over the Cascades.  I hope I can rent an AWD vehicle, like the Jeep we had last year (with it's heated steering wheel).  Keep your winery visit ideas coming in.Oh I forgot another reservation we have.  It's a special Prov... Read More

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  • We flew out west in early March (04 March 2017) to continue our annual wine tasting / visiting trips with relatives and friends.  The hotels and other places to stay were all set, but the wineries on the visit list were not totally determined in advance.  We planned two days of tasting in the Willamette Valley (McMinnville, Oregon) and two days ... Read More

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  • Too bad for fellow Snoothers,  as this wine sold exclusively at Whole Foods is one to be admired and for those who have the ability to shop at Whole Foods I highly urge you to pick up a bottle of this beautiful red. It's called Songbird Lyrical Red. It has been my experience that ANYTHING produced in Walla Walla, Washington is to die for. This o... Read More

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  • Songbird Lyrical Red 2014

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    Precept Wine in Seattle created this blend of Syrah (60%) and Merlot using fruit from breathtaking Wallula Vineyard in the Horse Heaven Hills and Willard in the Yakima Valley. A light hand with oak allows for a nose of black cherry, red currant and cola with whiffs of anise and tar. Theres pleasing balance to its lighter structure thats focused ... Read More

    Wine review by jamessulis


  • RBA - JW has a good list for Walla Walla.  Here are a few more I would add.  There are so many wineries in Walla Walla that I think you could spend your whole vacation there and not visit them all!Saviah, Rulo, Long Shadows, Dunham, Tertulia, Balboa, Beresan, Waters, Castillo de Feliciana, Spring Valley, Kontos and Skylite.Here are a few that I ... Read More

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  • Tonight we attended the Symphony at The Kennedy Center.  The highlight was Hilary Hahn and her wonderful ability with the violin.  If you ever have a chance to hear her play, by all means get there.  Prior to the symphony, we dined once again at Fiola Mare on the waterfront in Georgetown (a short walk from The Kennedy Center along the Potomac Ri... Read More

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  • I think we need to visit Stags Leap the next time we get down to Napa Valley.  In March we are heading to Washington (Walla Walla) and Oregon (Willamette Valley).  It might be a few years before we return to the San Francisco area, but we do love it there.Today I was much better.  We started out by heading into the district to attend an Opera at... Read More

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  • Welcome Ellen.  My wife Sandra and I enjoy the California reds, the Oregon Pinots and yes, even Virginia wines.  We now belong to 10 wine clubs and so the wine keeps coming throughout the year, along with our separate purchases here and there.  Haven't yet been up to the Finger Lakes region however, but it's on our list.We are heading to Washing... Read More

    Forum post in the topic Hello 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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  • 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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