Here in Walla Walla, the weather is generally sunny and warm, and so are the people. Walla Wallans greet you with a smile, ask you where you’re from, and make you glad you came.
The philosophy at J. Bookwalter is “focus on the people who grow our food and the environment in which it is grown, and we will inevitably produce a higher quality product.” And that’s a very good thing.
In 2008, K Vintners was recognized by Wine & Spirits Magazine as Winery of the Year in its annual buying guide, as well as one of the Best New Wineries of the Last Ten Years.
Lodmell Cellars’ tasting room is in the heart of Walla Walla at the Historic Marcus Whitman Hotel.
Pepper Bridge Winery is known for its elegant, balanced wines handcrafted from grapes grown in its two renowned, sustainably farmed estate vineyards, Pepper Bridge and Seven Hills
Marcus Whitman Hotel & Conference Center is a landmark and storied gathering place for the local community and visitors alike.
Barking Frog at Willows Lodge
Chateau Ste. Michelle
Mary Hill Winery
The Heathman Hotel
Marcus Whitman Hotel & Conference Center
Hedges Family Estate
Kiona Vineyards & Winery
Pepper Bridge Winery
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Alexandria Nicole Cellars
Goose Ridge Estate
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Brian Carter Cellars
Lauren Ashton Cellars
The Walla Walla Valley is quickly becoming Washington's most prestigious and talked-about wine region out of the state's five appellations. It is also the most remote, located on the southeastern border of Washington and Oregon. Named after the city of Walla Walla in Washington, this region produces some top notch Bordeaux varietals on its 1,800 acres of vines, namely Merlot and Cabernet Sauvignon: Walla Walla's two signature varietals.
The Walla Walla appellation prides itself on not only its superb wines, but also its sustainable growing practices and camaraderie between wineries and winemakers. This good-will between wine enthusiasts is expressed through the valley's Institute of Enology and Viticulture, where the next generation of winemakers from around the world aspire to make Walla Walla "the next Napa". From wineries that founded the fame of the region in the late 1970s to recently created wineries with high hopes of becoming the next stars on the American wine scene, the Walla Walla Valley appellation will surely continue to grow in repute as more and more people experience these exceptional wines.
Walla Walla is a friendly place: the kind of place where neighbors know each other, cheer each other on, and help each other out.
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In the heart of this winegrowing region is award-winning historic downtown Walla Walla, a charming, and pedestrian-friendly place with up-scale restaurants, boutique shops, caf�s, and tasting rooms. It is home to a rich and diverse arts scene complete with public sculptures, art studios, galleries, theatres, the world-renowned Walla Walla Foundry, and the longest continuously running symphony west of the Mississippi River.
Beyond downtown, visitors will find beautifully kept historic homes in the residential neighborhoods throughout town. These homes date back to the late 1800s and early 1900s, when Walla Walla was the biggest town in the Columbia Basin and was almost named Washington’s state capitol. Nearby are beautiful golf courses, expansive city parks, and attractions such as Fort Walla Walla Museum and Whitman Mission, both of which tell the rich Native American and pioneer history of the area.
Walla Walla residents are closely linked to the natural environment that surrounds them. Walla Walla has always been an agricultural community, well-known for its apples, asparagus, onions, strawberries, and wheat. The area offers numerous outdoor recreational opportunities with fishing in nearby rivers and lakes, and hiking, cycling and skiing in the Blue Mountains. The largest single wind farm in the United States – The Stateline Wind Energy Center – lies southwest of Walla Walla on the Oregon-Washington border. Through VINEA – The Winegrowers’ Sustainable Trust – local growers and vintners are working together to minimize their impact on the environment through sustainable, organic, and biodynamic growing and winemaking processes. There is a commitment throughout the Valley to conserve our natural resources and ensure that generations to come will be able to farm and live here.
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