Tuesday, August 10, 2010

Top Wineries in Walla Walla, WA

Picture taken by Nancy Palmer

Walla Walla is in the southeastern region of Washington, approximately four hours by car from Seattle, Washington and thirteen miles from the Oregon border.  Walla Walla is famous for not only its sweet onions but in the past few years has become the “Sonoma of WA.”  This place has a little bit of everything, great places to stay, amazing restaurants and fabulous vineyards.  This piece on Walla Walla is in two parts, the first ones on vineyards and the second one will be all about place to go and eat.   

Most people go to Walla Walla for a long weekend, and if this is you here are my 10 vineyard recommendations to visit and do some wine tasting.   

First Group is by the Airport here are 3 vineyards that are fantastic and you can do in one day or grouping:   

Their 2009 Gung Fu Girl Riesling is my favorite and excellent price.  We always get a box just of this.   

Tasting Room Hours:
Thursday & Friday Noon-5pm, Saturday 10am-5pm, Sunday 11am-3pm   

K Vitners
820 Mill Creek Road
Walla Walla, WA 99362
(509) 529-1398   

aMaurice Cellars
2008 Columbia Valley Viognier and 2006 “Tstutakawa’ Red Blend are both phenomenal wines that are a must try. This was one of our favorites on this list.   

Tasting Room Hours:
Saturdays 10:30 – 4:30
Or by appointment.   

àMaurice Cellars
178 Vineyard Lane
Walla Walla, WA 99362
(509) 522-5444   

Revelry Vintners
By surprise this is a great little place and their Cabernet Sauvignon are fantastic. Also Seattle Magazine’s August issue ranks Revelry Vintners’ Merlot as one of the Top 10 Red wines in Washington   

Revelry Vintners
720 C St.
Walla Walla, WA 99362
(509) 414-6440   

Then on your second day or grouping you can do the following wineries that are all located South of Walla Walla:   

Trust Cellars
One of my favorite places with a great owner.  2009 Riesling and 2008 Syrah and great buys. Usually open on the weekend but call to check just in case.   

Trust Cellars
1050 Merlot Drive
Walla Walla WA 99362
(509) 529-4511   

Tertulia Cellars
You can’t go wrong at this place, all their fines are very good and there is something here for everyone.   

Tasting Room Hours:
Thursday-Saturday 11-6, Sunday 11-5
(or by appointment)   

Tertulia Cellars
1564 Whiteley Road
Walla Walla, WA 99362
(509) 525-5700   

Amavi Cellars
By surprise this place was amazing, a little tasting room on top of a hill with great views.  Their Cabernet Sauvignon is great and their late 2008 Late Harvest Semillon  was awesome.   

Amavi Cellars
635 North 13th Avenue
Walla Walla, WA 99362-1769
(509) 525-3541   

Petites Noirs – Chocolate Tasting
While you are going toward this area you can’t forget to do some chocolate tasting in between. This place is fabulous.  It is about an extra 10 minutes drive on Rt. 11 as you go toward or from this group of vineyards.  But it is worth the extra time.  This woman from NYC makes her own truffles and they are out of this world.   

Petites Noirs
622 South Main St
Milton Freewater, OR 97862   

Then on your last day you can do some tasting in Walla Walla downtown if you have time or if you are out and about:   

Seven Hills Winery
Established in 1988, Seven Hills Winery is one of Walla Walla Valley’s oldest and most respected wineries.   

Tasting Room Hours:
Thursday – Monday
10am until 5pm   

Seven Hills Winery
212 North 3rd Ave.
Walla Walla, WA 99362
(509) 529-7198   

Forgeron Cellars
Forgeron is the French word for blacksmith as their winery/tasting room was the former site of a blacksmith shop.  Forgeron Cellars was founded in 2001 by a group of investors, mostly from the Walla Walla Valley, who have been involved in the wine industry since 1989.   

Tasting Room Hours:
Open Daily 11:00 to 4:00
Closed Major Holidays   

Forgeron Cellars
33 W Birch Street
Walla Walla, WA 99362
(509) 522.9463   

Then if you have time for two more and want to head East these are great as well and you can hit these two on our way in or out of Walla Walla:   

Woodward Canyon
Located in a in a restored 1870’s farmhouse, nice place to visit.   

Tasting Hours:
Open daily from 10am – 5 pm.   

Woodward Canyon
11920 W. Highway 12
Lowden, WA 99360
(509) 525-4129   

Waterbrook Winery
Founded in 1984, it was the fourth established winery in Walla Walla and a great place to visit.   

Tasting Room:
Open 10 a.m.-6p.m. (Mon.-Thurs.), 10 a.m.- 8 p.m. (Fri.-Sat.) & 10 a.m.- 6 p.m. (Sun.)   

Waterbrook Winery
10518 W Highway 12
Walla Walla, WA 99362
(509) 522-1263   

What are some of your recommendations?  Please share your favorites with the group.

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2 Responses to “Top Wineries in Walla Walla, WA”

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    Shut Up And Cook — October 5, 2010 @ 11:25 am

    I adore Walla Walla!

    We typically do a ladies weekend there once a year and have one coming up this month.

    Glad to see that you’ve got Trust on your list. There one of my faves.

    I’d also highly recommend Walla Walla Vintners.

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    Pear Rosemary and Goat Cheese Foccacia — Delishhh — August 10, 2011 @ 7:40 pm

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