- None in the top 10, but nine from Northwest get inside Wine Spectator’s top 60
- Bob Bertheau joins German icon Loosen at J. Christopher Wines
- Abeja Chardonnay edges DeLille’s Harrison Hill at Great Northwest Invitational
- Election Day arrives for office-seeking Airfield Estates Winery owner
- Bledsoe, McDaniels buy Hope Well Vineyard in Oregon’s Eola-Amity Hills
- Oregon wine harvest fell by 29% in 2020, but growth continues
- Quilceda Creek acquires 22 acres of famed Champoux Vineyards from Woodward Canyon
- Hat Ranch Winery tops Idaho Wine Competition with Cabernet Franc from Lewis-Clark Valley
- Central Oregon Winegrowers schedule summer summit
- Avennia purchases vineyard, tasting room on Red Mountain
Walla Walla’s remarkable reds
In the past 20 years, the Walla Walla Valley has enjoyed remarkable growth, building from fewer than a dozen producers to more than 130.
Perhaps most remarkable is how consistently superb the wines from the region are, as a precedence of excellence was set early on by such producers as Leonetti Cellar, Woodward Canyon Winery, L’Ecole No. 41, Seven Hills Winery and Waterbrook Winery.
For many years, a lot of the grapes used by Walla Walla Valley winemakers came from outside the region, typically from the Columbia and Yakima valleys to the west. While a large amount of fruit still comes from the Columbia Valley, more and more vineyards are being planted in the Walla Walla Valley, particularly south of the stateline in Oregon.
Here are several examples of wines made from Walla Walla Valley grapes that we have tasted recently.