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 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...

  • 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 ...

  • 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...

  • Amavi Cellars

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

  • Covington Cellars

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

  • Dumas Station Wines

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

  • Fort Walla Walla Cellars

    Fort Walla Walla Cellars’ downtown tasting room is located at 127 E Main, on the corner of Main S...

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Walla Walla Valley on Snooth

  • Otis Kenyon Cabernet Sauvignon Walla Walla Valley 2007

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    Wine review by jamlani


  • Basel Cellars Syrah

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    Good bright red-ruby. Cassis, blueberry, licorice, mocha and brown spices on the nose, complicated by a whiff of violet. Spicy and a bit tart, showing a savory character to its flavors of black fruits, brown spices and game. Good spicy intensity here. The acids and tannins initially clashed on the back end but harmonized with air. Finishes... Read More

    Wine review by jamessulis


  • Cayuse Bionic Frog 2009

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    Wine review by mark


  • A ridiculous number of trigger pullworthies in this new offering, many in their absolute drinking prime. Wish the shop was just down the street from me, rather than the ones that are. But then I'd have to live in NYC.  ;-(I love it when a guy drops 100 cases on a shop, just to 'make some space" in his cellar. Wonder what's going to be filling th... Read More

    Forum post in the topic What have you bought lately?


  • Amavi Cellars Syrah 2010

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    Wine review by 240070anchca 240070 anchca


  • 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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    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


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