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...

  • Syrah

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

  • 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...

  • 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

  • Wawawai Canyon Winery

    The oldest bonded winery and vineyard in Whitman County, Washington—we are dedicated to producing...

  • Whitman Cellars

    Welcome to Whitman Cellars, crafters of traditional Bordeaux and Rhone style wines of balance and...

  • Mannina Cellars

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

  • Five Star Cellars

    David Huse retired in 1999 and soon found that he needed something to occupy his time. He had alw...

  • Beresan Winery

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

  • 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

  • Rulo Walla Walla Washington Orb 2012

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    Still young. Will be better in a year or more. Nice complexity and layers. Big berry and spice notes. Lovely lasting finish. Read More

    Wine review by 240070anchca 240070 anchca


  • Leonetti Cellar Red Bordeaux Blend Walla Walla Valley Reserve 2007

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    June 2014. Gift from Lynn and Mike Nix Read More

    Wine review by mark


  • Sangiovese 2007

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    And now to the wine, it's a deep purple in the glass with ruby along the edges and a good bit of opacity at the center. The nose is just how I remembered it, rich dark fruit, blackberry, plum and black currant with an overriding aroma of smoke, leather and spice, with just a hint of dark chocolate. The taste is absolutely lovely, with a subdue... Read More

    Wine review by jtryka


  • Zerba Cellars Wild Z Columbia Valley 2010

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    No written review

    Wine review by 240070anchca 240070 anchca


  • Glen Fiona Syrah Walla Walla Valley 2008

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    Purple ink. This wine is a floral beauty, filled with blackberry and a chewy texture that stays with you on finish. Notes of spice, tobacco and tannins that are noticeably dry and constant but not intrusive. Price is amazing at around $10 dollars. Word of notice: Let this one breathe or decant if possible as the flavor will deepen and open to a ... Read More

    Wine review by jamessulis


  • 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


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