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

  • Cabernet Sauvignon

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

  • 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...

  • Sangiovese

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

Popular Wineries in Walla Walla Valley View all

  • Gifford-Hirlinger

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

  • Dumas Station Wines

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

  • Va Piano Vineyards

    Established in 2005, specialize in red variatels, Syrah, Cabernet Sauvignon and Merlot.

  • Bunchgrass Winery

    In the early 1980’s, Roger Cockerline became interested in growing wine grapes and planted a smal...

  • Mannina Cellars

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

  • 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

  • Seven Hills Cabernet Sauvignon Walla Walla Valley Seven Hills Vineyard Reserve 2010

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    The wine is a deep, inky purple in the glass with bright ruby along the edges. The nose tells me immediately I'm in for a treat, with aromas of rich leather, blueberries, plum and spice notes. The taste is intense, with a burst of ripe black fruit, plum, blackberries and black currant that gracefully transitions to some dark chocolate and lico... Read More

    Wine review by jtryka


  • Radius Wines Merlot Walla Walla Valley 2010

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    Another fine wine from Radius, a little on the sweet side, but my wife really liked this wine. Read More

    Wine review by jwilde


  • Radius Wines Red Blend Walla Walla Valley 2011

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    great smooth red, fruity, at a reasonable price. Read More

    Wine review by jwilde


  • L'Ecole No. 41 Merlot Walla Walla 2001

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    I opened this bottle about an hour ago to let it get used to this wintry air, so hopefully it's opened up a bit. The color is a nice ruby with a hint of opacity at the center, but not the usual tinge of brown that you sometimes see on a wine more than a decade old. The nose is fantastic, with a blast of tart cherry, rich oak, green grass, Asia... Read More

    Wine review by jtryka


  • Gramercy Cellars Cabernet Sauvignon 2010

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    Smells really Cabernet like recalling Napa cabernets of the 1970s. Its a little smokey, blackcurrant and black cherry toned on the nose with a fine base of savory herbs, tobacco, tea, and old wood nuance. Big, round, soft tannins lend this a lovely feel, and it displays gorgeous floral framed blackberry and black currant fruit on the palate. T... Read More

    Wine review by Gregory Dal Piaz


  • Gramercy Cellars Cabernet Sauvignon 2010

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    Wine review by mark


  • Gramercy Cellars Syrah Walla Walla Valley 2011

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  • Gramercy Cellars Syrah Walla Walla Valley 2011

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    Crushed rock, ink, and herb stem come together on the nose in a very floral almost vegetal way. Air brings out white pepper nuance, lots of India ink, a little middle eastern spice, juniper and burnt roast beef aromas. soft on entry, this shows off nicely ripe tannins that are quite polished supporting bright fruit, almost black currant toned fr... Read More

    Wine review by Gregory Dal Piaz


  • Gramercy Cellars l'Idiot du Village Columbia Valley 2010

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  • Gramercy Cellars l'Idiot du Village Columbia Valley 2010

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    80% Syrah, 12% Mourvedre, 4% Grenache, 4% CinsaultWith the 2011 vintage this is becoming a blend based on at least 75% MourvedreFunky and savory on the nose this is filled with umami driven aromas of dried beef, a little fish sauce, and Parmesan. Air brings out lots of cracked black peppery-ness along with dark fruit, violets, and salty, mineral... Read More

    Wine review by Gregory Dal Piaz


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