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Walla Walla: Napa in Blue Jeans

Walla Walla is an American Viticulture Area in Washington and Oregon State and a part of the greater Columbia Valley AVA. Walla Walla has a long history of agriculture and still grows large amounts of onions and asparagus. A destination region, Walla Walla and surrounding towns have a lot more to offer than wine.

Current Stats

Half of the grapes are produced on the Oregon side of the AVA, while most of the wineries and tasting rooms are in and around Walla Walla, WA.

The Walla Walla AVA has nearly 3,000 acres of vines and nearly 100 wineries.

Geography and Climate

The soils in the Walla Walla AVA are mostly loess. Vineyards can expect to have an average of 200 growing degree days per year. Their continental climate is known for hot days and cool nights, with cool temperature shifts in the spring and fall.

Varietals

Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, Syrah, and Sangiovese are the main varietals produced in the region. While the majority of wine here is red, there are a few wineries specializing in white and sparkling wine.

Why You Should Visit

Walla Walla is deemed ‘Napa in Blue Jeans’ for many reasons. The wines offered are mainly cellar-worthy and quality bold reds, similar to Napa. While being laid back and affordable, Walla Walla offers fantastic wines, state-of-the-art wineries and tasting rooms, and has a large variety of restaurants and art studios.

Walla Walla is a great destination for a wine weekend. Their wines can be found in most wine shops and liquor stores.