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 Franc

    History of the grape: References to it in the Loire region of France date as far back as the mid 12th century. But it...

  • 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...

  • 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 ...

  • Syrah

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

Popular Wineries in Walla Walla Valley View all

  • Pepper Bridge Winery

    At Pepper Bridge, a family-owned estate winery, our mission is to make ultra-premium, world-class...

  • 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...

  • James Leigh Cellars

    Nowadays the emphasis is on what's new or flashy. we are decidedly old fashioned. Our ultimate go...

  • Covington Cellars

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

  • Amavi Cellars

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

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Walla Walla Valley on Snooth

  • Tero Estates Tero Cabernet Sauvignon-Walla Walla Valley Walla Walla Valley 2008

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    The wine is a deep, inky purple color in the glass, and it even left some deep indigo on the cork as well. The nose is very rich, with some sweet fruit, plum, blackberry and cassis, overlaid with some leather and black pepper. The taste is very nice and a classic Walla Walla style Cabernet, rich black fruit up front, blackberries, black cherry... Read More

    Wine review by jtryka


  • Seven Hills Seven Hills Vineyard Reserve Merlot 1998

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    The wine is pretty clear around the edges, with some opacity toward the center, but still a bright ruby color all around. The nose is very nice, with loads of ripe fruit, black plum, tart cherry and blueberry, overlaid with layers of anise, leather and Asian spice. The taste is delightful, with some initial red fruit, blackberries, plum and ta... Read More

    Wine review by jtryka


  • Waterbrook Cabernet Sauvignon 2011

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    Moderately intense on the nose but showing fine balance with nuanced dark chocolate, cedary oak, violet, faint herb and wild blackberry aromas. In the mouth this is a little edge and bright, very medium weight with fine layered flavors of black currant, plum, vanilla and toast. The tannins add to the edginess here, being very slightly rough aro... Read More

    Wine review by Gregory Dal Piaz


  • Leonetti Cellar Red Bordeaux Blend Walla Walla Valley Reserve 2001

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    No written review

    Wine review by minocencio


  • Reininger Cima 2007

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    The wine is a lovely deep ruby in the glass. The nose is very interesting, with a whiff of leather that is layered upon rich ripe fruit, lovely spice, vanilla and a hint of dried flowers. The taste is just marvelous, with a subdued combination of fruit, blackberry and cherry cola with a hint of cassis and plum midpalate. The finish is divine,... Read More

    Wine review by jtryka


  • I see that you are from Texas, Irma.  So, I will try to discuss options for you that you should be able to find in your local retail stores.  If you've already tried these, let us know, and we'll make more suggestions.Cabernet Sauvignon and Merlot.  I suspect that you are used to drinking U.S. wines.  Cabernet Sauvignon and Merlot are, of course... Read More

    Forum post in the topic Hello Snooth!


  • L'Ecole No. 41 Merlot Walla Walla Valley Seven Hills Vineyard 1997

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    The wine itself still has some nice ruby color, with just the faintest hint of opacity. The nose is very reminiscent of Bordeaux, with some funk initially followed by some lovely notes of leather, cedar and hint of lavender and plum (keep in mind I only opened this about an hour ago, so it's early in the process of opening up!). The taste is q... Read More

    Wine review by jtryka


  • Russell Creek Merlot Columbia Valley 2003

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    Dark garnet hue, with rich aromas of dark tree fruits and tea; generous flavor notes of black raspberries, boysenberries and plums with fruitcake spice, and fine, integrated tannins over a refined and moderately long finish. Very Nice, but pricey. Read More

    Wine review by InWineTruth


  • Va Piano Vineyards Cabernet Sauvignon Columbia Valley 2010

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    A tar-colored cab with subtle oak, cherry, and vaguely lime-light notes backed by a thick plum fruits. Deepens into a big berry on the finish. Read More

    Wine review by cma238


  • Jennifer, as you know there are quite a few wineries in Oregon and it's neighboring state Washington. Wish I would have checked your post prior to you visiting. If you ever come back again, while in McMinnville just on the skirts of town is a very large aviation building open to the public and it houses Howard Hughes Spruce Goose the mega sized ... Read More

    Forum post in the topic Wine tasting in Oregon...


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