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

  • 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...

  • 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...

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...

  • L'Ecole No 41

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

  • Dumas Station Wines

    Our winery is located in the former apple packing shed for Pomona Ranch. One of Washington's ear...

  • Beresan Winery

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

  • Otis Kenyon Wine

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

  • Cougar Crest Winery

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

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Walla Walla Valley on Snooth

  • Five Star Cellars Merlot Walla Walla Valley 2005

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    Wine review by raintree


  • Seven Hills Winery Cabernet Sauvignon Walla Walla Valley 2006

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    This has very distinctive and stylish notes of cool fruit on the nose. While less herbal than the Seven Hills Cabernet this shares some of that wines black fruit tones with added layers of leather, fennel, and sweetly spiced oak tones. In the mouth this is supported as much by its fine acid spine as the crisp tannins. This is still a bit tight ... Read More

    Wine review by Gregory Dal Piaz


  • Seven Hills Winery Cabernet Sauvignon Walla Walla Valley 2006

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    This is spicy and complex on the nose with hints of toast, white pepper, and herbs adding complexity to the blackberry toned fruit. In the mouth there is excellent freshness but also a fairly prominent herbal component to accompany that freshness. The tannins are very fine giving the wine a fairly silky feel already and the black currant and bl... Read More

    Wine review by Gregory Dal Piaz


  • Seven Hills Winery Merlot Columbia Valley 2007

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    Very nice and restrained on the nose with complex gravel, earth and ash soil tones balanced by perfumy floral and tobacco notes. There is a touch of woody sweetness as well as hints of cocoa and licorice but in an elegant and balanced whole. In the mouth this is lean and transparent with a natural feel to the slightly fudgy toned dark berry frui... Read More

    Wine review by Gregory Dal Piaz


  • Seven Hills Winery Riesling Columbia Valley 2008

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    The aromas here are nice and pure with notes of green apple skins and almost steely minerality. With air notes of greengage plum, ivy, and apricots start to emerge. The off-dry tones of grapey fruit are supported by fine acids, which support the rich, almost figgy fruit giving this excellent balance, though I would like to have seen more freshne... Read More

    Wine review by Gregory Dal Piaz


  • Whitman Cellars Red Bordeaux Blend Walla Walla Valley Narcissa Red 2004

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    amazing full body red. so smooth and yet bold Read More

    Wine review by epirtle


  • Seven Hills Winery Cabernet Sauvignon Walla Walla Valley 2006

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    Sumptuous nose of menthol and eucalyptus which carries over into the mouth with grand tannic cherries and an encore of the medicinal eucalyptus on the finish. Damn sophisticated. Read More

    Wine review by solomania9


  • Seven Hills Winery Merlot Columbia Valley 2007

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    Spicy ripe blackberry. A juicy wine, full of fruit and zesty acidity. Finishes with nice oak and a bit of tar. Read More

    Wine review by mark


  • Seven Hills Winery Merlot Columbia Valley 2007

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    Very robust nose and some interesting flavors, smooth wood flavors, with a dry finish. Read More

    Wine review by Chris Carpita


  • Seven Hills Winery Merlot Columbia Valley 2007

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    Big nose of spicy complex berries. One of the leanest mouthfeels I can recall - but in the good way. Huge black cherries and a delicate elegant finish. Read More

    Wine review by solomania9


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