I recently partnered with The Washington State Wine Commission visiting a region I had never experienced before, Walla Walla Valley. The Walla Walla wineries I visited were absolutely amazing from the architecture, selection of wines, to incredible hosts. As I love to do with Wine regions I adore I wanted to create a blog post with the Best Wineries in Walla Walla Washington to experience. Read more about my journey to Walla Walla, Washington and learn all about my memorable time at the wineries. I truly cannot wait to be back!
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As soon as I arrived at Alton Wines I was stunned by the beauty and beyond impressive Architecture and views. As I walked up to the fabulous winery, I was greeted with a Chardonnay welcome from owner Ashley Woodworth. Ashley and her husband Joe were the most amazing hosts during my visit and it was such a treat getting to have lunch with them (cooked on their Egg BBQ by Joe). The steak and wine pairing were fabulous and Ashley’s homemade salad really inspired me to up my salad game! I have since emailed her for her Salad recipe with amazing spices and touches I’ve never experienced in all the salads I’ve enjoyed. All the wines are meant to be paired with food so what better than to try these wines with such a stunning dish.
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This interior was incredible! This modern look was absolutely stunning.
Loved getting a Chardonnay welcome from owner Ashley Woodworth.
Enjoyed some Cabernet Franc with my delicious lunch! This lighter body wine with aromas of cranberry and chai spice leads into fennel and dark cherry notes on the palate. Delightful!
The Black Label Alton Merlot is an annual share. This wine is for club members only!
Thank you to Joe and Ashley Woodsworth for a spectacular visit and tasting.
DAMA Wines, one of Washington State’s few certified woman-owned and managed wineries and embodies the spirit of pioneering women who have inspired passion, creativity, and positive change for centuries. Their wines are dedicated to all women and the winery is run by a female crew. DAMA Wines was my first stop (technically my first meal and first winery I experienced) in Walla Walla and I adored my dinner at TMACS with, Mary Derby, Owner, and Winemaker. During dinner, Mary shared all about the history of DAMA Wines and her background (who lived in San Francisco too so we were fast friends). Not only are the wines stunning but the open interior of DAMA Wines gives an urban feel that is very chic and such an inviting setting for a guest experience. The stunning tasting room with exposed brick is incredibly beautiful. All of the artwork on the wall is chosen if it “speaks” to the DAMA team.I love the artistic feel that you can also experience with each bottle as they each tell a beautiful story. 123 E Main St, Walla Walla, WA 99362
I love the art featured on each bottle as they each tell a beautiful story.
Winemaker and Owner Mary Derby and I. Loved getting to know Mary and all things DAMA Wines.
Located on a small hilltop just above the Walla Walla Valley floor at 1400 ft. sits the stunning Grosgrain Cellars. Their Old Milton Vineyard is the fabulous spot where their winery and tasting room can be found. This special winery also has a Casa Grosgrain, a 4 bedroom, 4 bath vacation rental, at their Old Milton Vineyard Estate guests can rent next door to the Winery.
Matt Austin and Kelly Austin, the owners of Grosgrain Cellars didn’t always start off in the wine industry. In 2014, the couple left their careers (Matt was an attorney and Kelly was a fashion designer in Los Angeles, California) and decided to open up Grosgrain Cellars. Matt, the now Grosgrain Cellars Winemaker went to school at Northwest Wine Academy where he earned a degree in winemaking, and Kelly took over the role as the incredible Marketing Director. The interior of this winery is truly a work of Art and Kelly’s amazing Interior Design background and impeccable taste make it quite enjoyable on the eye paired with delicious approachable wines I thoroughly loved! 2158 Half Acre Ln, Walla Walla, WA 99362
Look at their fabulous interior! The decor, views, and vibe are so inviting for guests hoping to enjoy the incredible selection of Grosgrain Cellar wines.
I adored their display of wines. What a chic and adorable way to use their aesthetically pleasing wine labels to complement their interior decor.
I was lucky to taste the 2018 Cabernet Sauvignon, 2016 XL Vineyard Syrah, and the 2018 Les Collines Syrah. These were such beautiful and smooth blends I couldn’t get enough!
Rotie Cellars is another must-visit while in Walla Walla. Owner and Winemaker Sean Boyd creates Rhone Blends with Washington State fruit. He is hands-on in the winemaking process and it’s amazing to see his goal to make beautiful wines truly come to life. At my fabulous visit, I was lucky to taste six Rotie Cellars wines including their Spring releases which are their core wines. Amongst the 6 wines, I got to enjoy the Northern Blend which was the first wine Sean ever made! 84328 Trumbull Ln, Milton-Freewater, OR 97862
The view from the tasting room was fabulous! I loved getting to look at the beautiful views of Washington and the blue skies while trying their fabulous blends.
I got to enjoy the incredible 2019 Southern White, 2019 Southern Blend, and 2019 Northern Blend.
Here is the Devils Gate, 100% Grenache, wine from Rotie was incredibly smooth. With floral aromatics, black cherry, and strawberries, this wine was very nice!
The 2019 Southern White was is super bright and fresh. A very nice floral wine.
Walla Walla Vinters
As Walla Walla Valley’s 8th winery, Walla Walla Vinters has been a staple in the Walla Walla area for years. Their historic estate in the foothills of the Blue Mountains offers beautiful flavors and wines for guests to enjoy. As one of the oldest most historic wineries in the valley, Walla Walla Vinters is a beautiful spot to enjoy. I had a wonderful visit to this special winery and enjoyed spending my afternoon with Winemaker Derrek Vipond and Owner Scott Haladay (who recently acquired the winery from the founding members and is making some exciting changes such as hiring Winemaker Derrek). They guided me through a 6 wine tasting of a Merlot, Malbec, Sauvignon Blanc, Cabernet Sauvignon, Cabernet Franc, and a Sangiovese and all these wines were stunning, unique, and elegant. I would say this winery’s historic brand recognition paired with the family-owned vibe and extensive assortment of delicious wines (at very accessible prices) is what differentiated this winery to me. As you know by now, I LOVE shopping small family-owned and this is a great brand for that. 225 Vineyard Ln, Walla Walla, WA 99362
You all know charcuterie boards have my heart! I loved getting to snack on this board with the fabulous Walla Walla Vinters blends.
Look at that line-up! All of these wines are just incredible.
Here is Owner Scott (left) and Winemaker Derrek (right) who were such amazing hosts for my visit to Walla Walla Vinters. Derrek began his career at Walla Walla Community College in the Enology and Viticulture program. He then completed his education with a degree from Oregon State University in Fermentation Science.
Nothing like tasting a barrel sample (during harvest). Thanks again to Scott and Derrek for the warm welcome and for sharing Walla Walla Vintners with me!
Thanks to The Washington State Wine Commission for Sponsoring this post and partnering with me on this fabulous 24 hour getaway to Walla Walla Washington. As always I only write about wineries, restaurants, and hotels that I adore and every winery I am sharing here are brands I loved and want to share with my readers.