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A Tour through Walla Walla Valley’s 5 Wine Districts

August 08, 2018

Did you know that the Walla Walla Valley is home to over 120 wineries and growing! The wineries are spread out among the Walla Walla Valley AVA (American Viticultural Area) over 5 distinct districts, each with their own personality and charm. Take a tour:

Downtown: Walla Walla’s historic downtown is home to over 30 tasting rooms of wineries throughout the region, including a handful located within the Marcus Whitman like Mansion Creek Cellars, Locati Cellars, TERO Estates and Lodmell Cellars. Step outside, pick a direction to cross the street and you’ll find a dozen more that wrap around Second Avenue, down Main Street and trickle into side streets.

Westside: If you arrived from the West via Highway 12 you’ve most likely passed or stopped into these wineries. Woodward Canyon, one of the Valley’s first is right beside L’Ecole No 41 in a historic school house, both great starts to a wine vacation. Just off the highway Reininger and Three Rivers have relaxing outdoor patios amongst the wheat fields and pastures.

Airport: Perhaps the most unique region is found by the airport in the historic World War II-era military buildings that have been converted into tasting rooms, production facilities, distilleries and breweries. You’d never know the elegant art gallery/tasting room at CAVU Cellars was once used as a military storage building. Dunham Cellar’s rustic tasting room feels more like an old barn, but used to be an airplane hanger. Even the tiny guard station is now home to Walla Walla Distilling Company.

Eastside: Tucked into the vineyards of the Mill Creek region, these wineries are sure to please the eyes and palate, like Walla Walla Vintners, located on Cut Bank Estate Vineyard. But before driving into the country, stop into College Cellars to see what the students of the Walla Walla Community College’s prestigious Oenology and Viticulture program are pouring. They’re eager to share their award-winning wines and show off their new winemaking knowledge.

Southside & Oregon: Home to the sexy new Rocks AVA in Oregon’s Milton-Freewater, these wines are big and bold! The Southside boasts some beautiful views of the Blue Mountains and vineyards. Get up close and personal with the grapes at tasting rooms like Basel Cellars and Northstar. Wind through wheat and wine grapes along twisting country roads to a dozen others spanning the Washington-Oregon stateline.