A Wine Tasting Itinerary in Walla Walla, Washington
Featured March 2019
With over 120 wineries and a charming downtown full of restaurants and shops, Walla Walla is one of the most popular Washington Wine regions.
Walla Walla is situated in the golden hills of the Palouse at the base of the Blue Mountains, an easy four hour drive from Seattle or Portland. There are dozens of tasting rooms directly downtown and within walking distance from major hotels or vacation rentals, making for an easy day of walkable touring. The vineyard estates are equally close, with the majority of wineries and tasting rooms within a fifteen minute driving radius of the city center.
This historic town is simply oozing with art, culture, beautiful Victorian homes, great restaurants, and excellent tasting rooms. You won't be disappointed!
4 Hours From Seattle
Walla Walla is just four hours from Seattle, accessed over Snoqualmie Pass and southeast from Ellensburg.
Walla Walla boasts an impressive 120 wineries and 2800 acres of grapes! We've selected four of the best wineries on this wine tasting itinerary.
Hundreds of Accommodations
There is no shortage of AirBNBs, VRBOs and hotels around Walla Walla.
Featured Walla Walla Wineries
WineryHunt Washington club members enjoy waived wine tastings and 10% discounts at the following Walla Walla Wineries in March 2019!
Chuck Reininger and his wife Tracy Tucker founded Reininger Winery in Walla Walla in 1997 with a focus on utilizing fruit from the Columbia Valley’s most noteworthy vineyards. The winery produces a full range of Washington wines and has earned a large following over the years thanks to the tasting room hospitality and high quality of the wines. The tasting room is part of the working winery, so visits during harvest are often rewarded with glimpses of harvest in action.
Wines Produced: Cabernet Franc, Red Blends, Cabernet Sauvignon, Carmeénère, Malbex, Merlot, Semillon, Syrah.
"Superb wine, delightful attention to making the visit enjoyable by the servers, a total package for wonderful wine tasting. Some of the best reds in the Walla Walla Valley." LD, Google Review
Reininger Winery just continues to be my favorite! Always fun and friendly. Always great-tasting wine." TC, Google Review
Founded in 1999 by Brett and Denise Isenhower, together as partners they make the wines and operate the winery. Through limited production, native yeast fermentation, and a hands-on, unique approach to winemaking, Isenhower Cellars wines have a lightness of touch with a depth of character. In 2019, Isenhower Cellars is celebrating their 20th anniversary of making unique single-varietal wines, including Mourvedre, Grenache, Cabernet Franc, and Petit Verdot. Their three tasting rooms in Walla Walla, Woodinville, and Leavenworth offer a family-friendly and approachable environment.
Wines Produced: Viognier, Malbec, Cabernet Sauvignon, Tempranillo, Cabernet Franc, Roussanne, Grenache, Petit Verdot, and Mourvedre
"Always friendly & personal, with vast knowledge of grapes, viticulture, oenology, and terroir. Adds up to some fabulous wines and a great experience." -PF, Google Review
Our favorite was the sparkling Roussane and the Cabernet Sauvignon. We really enjoyed the welcoming atmosphere and view that the tasting room provides." -PS, Google Review
Wine became a passion of Revelry Vintners founder and winemaker Jared Burns at a young age. Having grown up in Washington State, he began Revelry Vintners winery only two years after college. Since that time the winery has pioneered new formats, expanded the selection of wines they offer, and tirelessly improved quality. Revelry Vintners today offers a complete lineup of wines, each a pure representation of their origins in the Columbia Valley, from their single-vineyard Aerials Series, to the Columbia Valley Collection where it all began. Individually, each wine is distinct, yet all share the common qualities of balance, moderate structure, and dynamic flavor. The beautiful new Walla Walla tasting room is modern and elegant, with plenty of room to spread out both indoors and out while you enjoy your flight of wines.
Wines Produced: Syrah, Grenache, Merlot, Cabernet Sauvignon, Cabernet Franc, Rosé, Chardonnay, Red Blends
Such a beautiful winery! So much thought was put into this new location with design and aesthetic. This is my new favorite southside Walla Walla tasting room..." RH, Yelp Review
"Love Revelry! Their new space is stunning. Loved their wines. Favorite winery in a long day of tasting yesterday." KW, Yelp Review
Located in downtown Walla Walla, Kontos Cellars is the project of Chris, Kelli and Cameron Kontos. Winemaker Cameron specializes in crafting premium Bordeaux-style blends from varieties grown in the Walla Walla Valley. The vineyards are carefully selected and include Pepper Bridge, Seven Hills, Les Collines, and Summit View. Kelli designed the beautiful tasting room, and visitors often gush at the level of hospitality experienced here. Being right downtown, Kontos Cellars is an easy walk to many Walla Walla accommodations and restaurants as well!
Wines Produced:Cabernet Sauvignon, Malbec, Merlot, White Blends, Red Blends
"Great wines, well blended, knowledgeable staff - met the young winemaker who is courageous and succeeds in his offerings. Impressive newer winery already with great wine and still lots of potential." DK, Google Review
"I felt very lucky to find Kontos. It reminded me of the passion and knowledge I found in Italy, add in the knowledge of the science behind wine making... a memorable and enjoyable experience for sure. Highly recommended." -AV, Yelp Review
Want a Designated Driver?
WineryHunt has partnered with WineCountry2Go to provide members with designated driver services. This unique company will drive your own car to all of these wineries and more for a fraction of the cost of standard tour companies. Club members enjoy the following discounted rates:
2-6 People: $25/hour
7-8 people: $35/hour
9+ people: $40/hour
Just submit a reservation request on their website with a note that you are a member!
Travel Resources for Your Trip to Walla Walla
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