Though Napa Valley and even Oregon's Willamette Valley are likely more at the forefront of your mind regarding wine tasting destinations, Washington wineries have been steadily growing in popularity in recent years. Most of Washington's wine country is located in the eastern portion of the state, though some Washington wineries are scattered throughout the western side, too.
In eastern Washington, however, you'll find more than 240 Washington wineries spread throughout 8 unique AVA's: Columbia Valley, Walla Walla Valley, Yakima Valley, Red Mountain, Rattlesnake Hills, Horse Heaven Hills, Snipes Mountain, and Naches Heights. Washington's wine country is considered one of the most exciting developing wine regions in the country, with a charming, laid-back atmosphere that can't be beaten.
On the far eastern edge of Washington, and even dipping ever so slightly south into Oregon, you'll find the Walla Walla wine region. Walla Walla has long played a significant role in Washington's agricultural legacy and is now leading the wine industry. In fact, in 2020, the Walla Walla Valley was named the Best Wine Region in the country.
Beyond just being a great wine-tasting destination, Walla Walla is also a historically charming small town worth exploring. It's about 3.5 hours from both Seattle, WA, and Portland, OR., making it an accessible getaway destination, too.
While visiting Washington Wine country, enjoy an unparalleled getaway at our Select Registry member property near Walla Walla. As with all Select Registry branded properties, you'll find uncompromising authenticity, comfortable accommodations, a broad range of amenities, high standards for cleanliness, and an unbeatable dedication to hospitality.
The Walla Walla Valley AVA, a relatively young wine-growing region, is best known for its bold red wines, including Cabernet Sauvignon, Syrah, and Merlot. The warm, arid temperatures here were once used to grow fields of golden wheat and apple orchards as far as the eye can see. Today, the environment is perfectly suited to wine grapes.
The Walla Walla Valley is home to 120 Washington wineries; each spread out amongst 6 distinct regions around the city. Though the red wines from the Walla Walla Valley are spectacular, Washington wineries in the area produce a broad range of wines, both red and white. It makes for a truly distinct and delicious wine-tasting experience.
With more than 100 great Washington wineries to choose from, in just this one AVA, planning a wine-tasting adventure can be a little daunting. To help you narrow it down, we've compiled a list of 10 of the best Washington wineries in the Walla Walla Valley for you to start with:
Though wine tasting at any of these incredible Washington wineries should be at the top of your itinerary, there's a lot more to love about Walla Walla. If you're looking for more activities to round out your getaway, here are some of our favorite things to do in the Walla Walla area:
Whenever you visit Walla Walla, know you'll have a wonderful time. That's especially true if you couple it with a stay at our Select Registry Bed and Breakfast, featured below.
Cameo Heights Mansion is a luxury destination Walla Walla Hotel with bed and breakfast style amenities in the wine country of Walla Walla, Washington.
Perched on a scenic orchard setting by a river, it features seven spacious suites with private baths, air-jetted tubs, gas fireplaces, sumptuous fine dining, hiking in the adjacent orchard/vineyard, and an outside swimming pool/hot tub/fire pit.
The common areas include a living room, a hospitality area with bottomless snacks, ping pong, games, and a theatre room. Star-gazing from the hot tub, swimming or sun tanning in the desert heat, roasting s’mores, tetherball, horseshoes, hiking, and veranda dining at sunset are just some of the assorted pleasures of The Mansion.
In eleven years of operation, we have won several regional, national, and even international awards. TripAdvisor awarded us their prestigious "Traveler's Choice of 25 Top B&Bs and Inns in the U.S." in 2013, and BedandBreakfast.com named us Top 10 Romantic Inn in the US in 2011 and Top 10 Most Romantic in the World in 2014! Come and visit us this year, and you tell us where we stand as your favorite getaway.
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