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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  • 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...

  • 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...

Popular Wineries in Walla Walla Valley View all

  • Covington Cellars

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

  • Cougar Crest Winery

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

  • Sweet Valley Wines

    Our winemaker, Josh McDaniel’s, is an up and coming wine making guru for the new millennium. He c...

  • Otis Kenyon Wine

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

  • Adamant Cellars

    Adamant Cellars is a product of a 20-year dream. With my passion for winemaking, my wife Debra an...

  • Beresan Winery

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

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Walla Walla Valley on Snooth

  • L'Ecole No. 41 Merlot Walla Walla Valley 2009

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    [From "Merlot" at Bin 105, Lincoln NE, 24 August 2013.] Read More

    Wine review by Nathan P


  • Hence Cellars Syrah Walla Walla Valley 2008

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    No written review

    Wine review by juliecorc


  • L'Ecole No. 41 Chenin Blanc Columbia Valley Walla Voila 2011

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    No written review

    Wine review by 240070anchca 240070 anchca


  • Zerba Cellars Wild Z Columbia Valley 2007

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    No written review

    Wine review by Ashrack


  • Northstar Merlot Columbia Valley 2005

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    The wine is a nice deep ruby color in the glass. The nose is is a nice combination of leather, cedar and rich black fruit, plum, black cherry and prune with a bit of anise over the top. The taste is very nice, with some dried herbs, mint and a hint of floral notes up front that transitions wonderfully to some rich ripe fruit midpalate, with an... Read More

    Wine review by jtryka


  • 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


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