The Walla Walla Valley, like much of southeastern Washington, is an oenophile’s dream come true. With more than 120 Walla Walla Wineries and 2,800 acres of grapes, there is definitely something for every palette, including reds, whites, roses and more. From full-bodied reds to sparkling and dessert wines, you can find it all at local wineries. If you are not sure which winery to start with, check to this list highlighting wineries in the city of Walla Walla.
Downtown Walla Walla
Seven Hills Winery
Seven Hills Winery is one of the original wineries in the Walla Walla Valley. Since 1988, it has focused on Bordeaux varietal reds and has bottled more vineyard-designate Cabernet Sauvignons and Merlots from the Walla Walla AVA than any other winery. The Seven Hills Winery tasting room is conveniently located in downtown Walla Walla, in the picturesque and historic White Crawford building. Drop in during their regular hours. For a full experience, you can book a reservation for their Winery Tour & Tasting or Food & Wine Experience that happen at the tasting room, where you be guided through the facility to learn about the process. The Food & Wine Experience includes food prepared by a local chef to compliment Seven Hills Winery wine. For more information visit the Seven Hills Winery website.
212 N. 3rd Avenue, Walla Walla
If you are looking for a winery that is a breed apart, check out El Corazon in Walla Walla. One Google review sums it up best, “Fun, sassy, laid back and unpretentious. Fantastic wine in a place with an even better sense of humor.” This is the type of winery you go to if you are looking for a laid-back atmosphere. But don’t be fooled, the owners take their wine seriously. They focus on “terroir driven, fruit forward, vineyard and varietal specific wines.” Tastings are by appointment only. For more information, visit the El Corazon website.
37 South Palouse Street, Walla Walla
Mansion Creek Cellars
Mansion Creek Cellars is a great stop to try Spanish-style varietals, and it’s probably the only place in Walla Walla where you can. The owner’s Spanish roots make her passionate about bringing you the best of Spanish wine state-side. They also offer traditional varietals. Their tasting room is located inside the historic Marcus Whitman Hotel, making it a fun place to stop and look around after you’ve had your tasting. Drop in during regular hours, or make an appointment. For more information, visit the Mansion Creek Cellars website. For upcoming events, follow them on Facebook.
6 W. Rose Street, Suite #105, Walla Walla
Three Rivers Winery
If you want to go to a wine tasting at a vineyard, Three Rivers Winery is a good choice. Their tasting room overlooks the vineyards and Mill Creek with views of Whitman Mission and the Blue Mountains, it’s a spectacular setting for a tasting. Visitors can tour their state-of-the-art barrel room and cellar, play giant Jenga or cornhole on the lawn, and have a picnic. They have options for individuals and groups including tours, tastings and lunch. Three Rivers Winery practices sustainable winemaking and describe their style as “moderate alcohols, firm structures and varietal accuracy.” For more information, visit the Three Rivers Winery website.
5941 Old Highway 12, Walla Walla
Enchanted Cellars is a small boutique winery, creating around 800 cases a year from grapes in the Walla Walla and Columbia Valleys. They specialize in hand-crafted red and white Bordeaux. Enchanted Cellars is the only Washington state winery chosen by the US Navy to design a label representing the USN 787 Wa. Submarine. Their tasting room is on their own vineyard, where they stay busy creating estate wines. The gorgeous farm setting is perfect for events, and they have their own event coordinator to make sure your event is enchanting. Contact them for private tastings, groups and tours. Visit the Enchanted Cellars website for more information and follow their Facebook page for upcoming events.
8052 Old Highway 12, Walla Walla
Those wanting a true taste of local flavor should stop in at Reininger Winery. A professional mountain guide and climber-turned-winemaker is behind Reininger Winery, where all the wines are made exclusively with Walla Walla fruits. Their Walla Walla tasting room is at their winery, where a laid-back, friendly atmosphere awaits you. The gorgeous rustic buildings and beautiful scenery are a perfect backdrop. Drop in during tasting room hours or schedule a private tour or barrel tasting. For more information, visit the Reininger Winery website.
5858 Old Highway 12, Walla Walla
Tranche Cellars is a stunning winery to visit – the vineyard climbs as high as 1,265 feet for breathtaking views of the Walla Walla Valley. They focus on “expressive, aromatic and beautifully defined wines,” and create reds, roses and whites. They have estate wines, including their flagship reds – Cabernet Sauvignon, Cabernet Franc and Syrah. The Tranche Cellars tasting room has a modern look, with stone, Art Deco lighting and concrete. The tasting room is open by appointment only. During the nicer months, expect have outdoor concerts with live music. Bring a picnic, listen to the music and have a glass or bottle of wine. For more information, visit the Tranche Cellars website or Facebook page.
705 Berney Drive, Walla Walla
Palencia Wine Company
Palencia Wine Company was voted as the 2019 Pacific Northwest Winery of the Year, so it should be on everyone’s lists of wineries to visit. Owner Victor Palencia has been a part of the Washington wine scene for over 20 years. Their wines are made in limited supply, due to the exclusivity of the site distinctions. Drop by the Palencia Wine tasting room during regular hours. For more information, visit the Palencia Wine Company website.
600 Piper Avenue, Walla Walla
At Buty Winery, each wine has a distinctive personality, say the owners, who believe great vineyards and wine have a soul. This means each of their wines has its own unique flavor, whether a red, white or a blend. This also means they practice natural winemaking, with gentle techniques including minimal handling and little or no new oak. Buty Winery Blends combine varietals from the same vineyard and are not made with enhancement tools like dehydrators, concentrators or spinning cones. You can drop by the Buty Winery tasting room during regular hours or make an appointment. For more information, visit the Buty Winery website.
535 E. Cessna Avenure, Walla Walla