Amavi Cellars

(509) 525-3541 635 N 13th Ave
Walla Walla, WA 99362
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Our name is a combination of the Latin root words "am" (love) and "vi" (life). It represents our simple pursuits: love, life and wine (or as we like to say: amor - vita - vinum). We pronounce it "ahh muh vee." You can be certain you are saying it the way we do if it rhymes with "momma me." Located in the Walla Walla Valley, Amavi Cellars crafts elegant, approachable wines, focusing on estate-vineyard Cabernet Sauvignon and Syrah. We also make small amounts of Sémillon, Rosé, and dessert wines that are typically available only in the tasting room. We are proud to be small and family owned. Two generations are active in management of the winery and the vineyards. Winemaker Jean-François Pellet is a third-generation winemaker and grape grower. Quality, hospitality and sustainability are our underlying values. We would love for you to visit us in our tasting room. Critics often say our wines have a phenomenally good quality-to price-ratio. Our estate vineyards—Les Collines, Seven Hills, and Pepper Read more »

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  • Malbec

    History of the grape: Some believe Malbec is named after a Hungarian peasant who spread plantings along the French co...

  • Sémillon

    History of the grape: Little is documented about the early years of this grape, which is surprising due to its distin...

  • 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...

  • Sauvignon Blanc

    Sauvignon Blanc is widely grown in California -- at over 15,000 acres, it’s now the third most planted variety -- and...

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  • Amavi Cellars Cabernet Sauvignon 2010

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    Nose: pepper, spice? Acidic, astringent, strawberry flavor, lingering finish. Meatball wine, very dry. [From "Cabernet Sauvignon" at Bin 105, Lincoln NE, 19 October 2013.] Read More

    Wine review by Nathan P


  • Amavi Cellars Syrah 2009

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    Bold and earthy yet jammy. Nice structure and finish. Read More

    Wine review by BeautifulCalamity


  • Amavi Cellars Cabernet Sauvignon NV

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    Good wine, full cab with good taste. Excellent at $20 Read More

    Wine review by Wine Surfer


  • Amavi Cellars Cabernet Sauvignon 2009

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    Nose rich of stewed berry, black olive, licorice and plum. Also aromas of fresh bread dough. Flavors of dark plum, berry fruit, baking spice, dark chocolate and coffee. Dark and smoky. Nice, but open 30 minutes or more ahead of drinking. 89 pts.11/17/12 Read More

    Wine review by VegasOenophile


  • Amavi Walla Walla Syrah 2008

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    Nose of pencil lead, ripe berries and violets. Some light soil notes and bramble. Rich flavors of raspberry, blueberry and subtle graphite and slate minerals. It's deep, layered and rich. Roasty quality adds to it nicely. 91 pts.8/12/11 at Winery Read More

    Wine review by VegasOenophile


  • Amavi Cellars Cabernet Sauvignon 2008

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    Earth and roasted coffee nose with hints of barnyard. Flavors of black cherry, plum, mineral and cocoa powder. Big and dry with substantial tannin. Supple and powerful mouthfeel. Perhaps more time will relax the tannins.88 pts.8/12/11 at Winery Read More

    Wine review by VegasOenophile


  • Amavi Cellars Sémillon 2010

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    Aromas of white peach, honey and herbs along with honeysuckle, lychee and stone. It's round, yet crisp, fruity and earthy. Flavors of passion fruit, melon, citrus, peach and slate mineral. Great mouthfeel and a lively finish. Crisp acidity.91 pts.8/12/11 at Winery Read More

    Wine review by VegasOenophile


  • Sean Sullivan recently published and updated a list of his top 100 or so wines of 2012, with predictable results. Cayuse, Quilceda Creek, Leonetti all occupy the top 3 spots, followed by a few mid tier standards like Betz, Reynvaan, Maison Bleue, Grammercy. Well, I should say I'm just starting to get to know these names and also starting to buy ... Read More

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  • Amavi Cellars Cabernet Sauvignon 2008

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    Well, it feels like summer is finally here, as we've had a few days in the 90s, ... ... glass, we have the 2008 Amavi Cellars Walla Walla Valley Cabernet Sauvignon, a classic varietal from the Columbia Valley of Washington State.Some of my absolute favorite producers are from the Walla Walla Valley, but this is a producer that I hadn't heard o... Read More

    Wine review by jtryka


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    Wine review by zanevsky


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