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Wine Tours in the

Walla Walla Valley and

The Red Mountain areas!

 

 

 

 

My tour is the best way to experience SE Washington's award-winning Wine Country!

 

Come along on a fun, exciting, and truly memorable small group wine tour of the Walla Walla Valley or the Red Mountain area wine countries. My tours are sure to entertain with a very approachable and easy-going style. Discover and savor new experiences while tasting some of the world's most celebrated wines. Learn more about our Tours and book one now.

The Walla Walla Valley and Red Mountain areas have so many wineries to choose from; many groups start voting on which wineries to visit well in advance and craft the perfect winery tour package for their tour. If it's your first visit to these areas, I can custom-design a fabulous time for your group from my list of favorite wineries that my former clients said are the best.

 

Leave the driving to me while you relax through the journey through the world-famous Southeast Washington Wine country and discover the hidden gems through me, your well-informed tour guide. Remember, our motto is "To Wine a Little and Laugh a Lot."

Your tour will be very memorable as we journey through the Award Winning "Best Wine Region," selected by USA Today for the 3rd year in a row! Also, USA Today's Best ten has named "Long Shadow Vintners" tasting room as the "Best in the Nation!"

 

 

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About Me

​ “Personal Winery Tours” is locally owned and operated by George Herbert, I am a professional tour operator that has lived in the Walla Walla Valley since 1973. I started doing tours in 2015, but when Covid hit, I took those two years off. I'm now back and specializes in the smaller groups, up to 6-person where I can indulge you more. I offer tours both in the Walla Walla Valley and the Red Mountain areas.

 

I am very knowledgeable about Walla Walla and its world-class wineries, so you can leave the planning to me or give me your list of preferred wineries --- then sit back and relax and take in the sights of Walla Walla from the comfort of my impeccably maintained SUV.

​Whether you’re a wine novice or a wine connoisseur -- or anywhere in between, you will enjoy the tastings with door-to-door service and not have to worry about driving. Even though you think you can handle it, those tastings really start to creep up on you by the 4th or 5th winery! It's always better to be safe, than sorry!

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Services

With Personal Winery Tours, you can book one or both of our tours.
Walla Walla Winery Tours

On all my tours, your day will start with me picking your group up at your Motel/Hotel/Resort or Airbnb and returning you back there.

My rates are very affordable at only $100 an hour on normal days and $125 an hour on Event Weekends, for up to 6 tasters.

A standard tour in Walla Walla is 5/6 hours, when we attend 4/5 wineries. One of those locations can include a lunch break with a tasting. Additional time will be added at $125 an hour.

Minimum Tour: 4-hours.

Red Mountain Winery Tours

This is a day long trip to the Red Mountain Area by Benton City. 

Your day  will start by me picking your group up at your location of stay. We will travel to the Red Mountain area AVA and visit 4 or 5 of the best wineries in the area.

This tour is a flat rate of $800.

BOOKING FEES

To Reserve a tour date, a deposit of $300 is required, per tour.

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For the True Wine Connoisseur, I'm offering a fabulous Weekend Special

The Red-Walla Special!

One day in the Red Mountain Area and another day in the Walla Walla Valley,

experiencing the best wines of SE Washington.

Only $1,400.00

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Walla Walla Valley

It's official! The Walla Walla Valley claimed the USA Today 10-Best Readers' Choice award for 'Best Wine Region' for the third consecutive year - marking Walla Walla as the first ever 'three-peat' wine region in the annual contest! Also, Long Shadow Vintners was chosen as the best tasting room in the nation.

We hope you'll open a bottle of #WallaWallaWine and celebrate with us! 

Walla Walla. It's a fun name to say—and almost everyone who visits has a different way of saying it. The small town in southeastern Washington has been making a big name for itself as of late, growing from a small wheat farming community at the foot of the Blue Mountains to a world class wine destination with over 125 wineries in just a few short decades. But unlike many of the world's most famous grape-growing regions, Walla Walla doesn't specialize in one definitive varietal or style; thanks to a range of soils, elevation, and micro-climates, the area excels at everything from Cabernet Sauvignon to Tempranillo to Malbec to Merlot. Truly, a wine to suit every taste—and pronunciation. Still, if pressed, locals and critics alike will usually say that Walla Walla Syrah is the thing to get.

Don't expect the pine trees and misty skies of nearby Seattle or Portland; here, it's all about rolling hills covered with sage brush or rows and rows of grapevines. In the growing season, the vagrancy of those vines creates an otherworldly effect against the otherwise arid land—especially as the sun begins to descend, coloring the sky with vibrant streaks of orange red. Walla Walla's sunsets are legendary and, truly, some of the most enchanting around.

The best time to visit? Really anytime, there is no wrong time. But if hard-pressed, aim for the first weekend in May—well after bud break and also when visitors can sample the Spring Release—or, better yet, mid-June, when internationally known growers and expert speakers descend on the town to celebrate the region's vast canon of wines.

When planning your visit to Walla Walla, it's advised that you make your Motel/Hotel, Airbnb, Dinner Reservations and Wine Tours early, as everything gets booked up fast.

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Red Mountain Area

 

With a unique combination of soil, slope, consistent winds, and warm weather, Red Mountain red wine grapes such as Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, and Syrah have earned critical acclaim over the last two decades. The exceptional balance of fruit, acidity, and tannins in the wines grown here have put Red Mountain on the map both as a serious winegrowing region and a must-visit Washington wine tasting destination. Over a dozen wineries now are located within the Red Mountain AVA, with more on the way. Red Mountain vineyards produce the most sought-after fruit in all of Washington, and wineries from across the state craft celebrated wines from our area. That means you can enjoy spectacular Red Mountain wines from east to West, from Seattle to the Yakima Valley.

 

For example, one of the leading wineries in the Red Mountain area is:

 

Hedges Family Estates

 

Dedicated in September of 1995. The Chateau is surrounded by biodynamic and organic vineyards. Led by a passion for authenticity and a deep connection to the land they call home, the Hedges Family epitomizes the modern wine estate. A blend of rich cultural upbringings and a shared love for creating beautiful wine converge at the heart of Red Mountain, fostering a true homegrown approach to farming and viticulture. Tending to the riches of Red Mountain with a visionary blend of biodynamic farming and time-honored winemaking techniques, Hedges Family Estate lends an ear to the earth and a voice to the vines.

The French-inspired winery and tasting room is the ideal environment to taste some of the best that Red Mountain has to offer! Winery Hunt Club Members are also invited to a complimentary tour of the property and winery during your visit.

Wines Produced: Syrah, Red Blends, Cabernet Sauvignon, Rosé, White Blends

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The Rock District

The Walla Walla Valley AVA straddles both Oregon and Washington and cradles a remarkable variety of wines—Grenache, Cabernet, and Merlot, to name a few. As of 2022, more than 475 planted wine-grape acres thrive in this sweeping landscape of rolling hills. Just south of the Washington border.

The Rocks District appellation near Milton-Freewater has been called “the most distinctive terroir in America,” by Wine Spectator thanks to the prodigious basalt cobblestones found in the region’s mineral-rich soil. This sun-drenched destination has an uncharted feel (the AVA wasn’t officially christened until 2015), with 40 vineyards providing a green splash of vines against the cool silhouette of the Blue Mountains.

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Frequently Asked Questions

 

Q: DO I HAVE TO WEAR A MASK AT THE WINERIES?

A: As of March 12, 2022, masks are no longer required in Washington State, and there are no additional Covid-19 restrictions. Should Covid conditions worsen, we will comply with the new restrictions.

 

Q: HOW MUCH ARE TASTING FEES IN WALLA WALLA?

A: Wine tasting fees in the Walla Walla Valley and the Red Mountain Area range between $10 - $75 (average of $15 - $20) and are waived with a specific bottle purchase or $ amount purchase. So, if you’re willing to buy a bottle or two of wine at each winery, you most likely won’t have to pay a tasting fee all day. Tasting fees are paid directly to the winery at the end of your tasting, and all wineries in the Walla Walla Valley accepts credit cards.

 

Q: DO I CHOOSE THE WINERIES, OR DO YOU?

A: With a Personal Wine tour, you get to choose exactly where you want to go. We will create a custom itinerary for you from the list of wineries you want to visit. If your new to Walla Walla Valley or the Red Mountain area, we can provide an itinerary for you from the most popular wineries in the areas, to create a memorable wine tasting adventure.

 

Q: WHAT OPTIONS ARE THERE FOR LUNCH?

A: We have a couple of options. First, we can include in our itinerary a stop at “Waterbrook Winery & Kitchen” for lunch and a tasting. They have very good food! We also could include a stop at “Valdemar Estates” that has a large Spanish Tapa Menu and of course a tasting of their great wine or “Yellowhawk Resort” (formerly Basel Cellars winery) with fancy pub fare available for purchase. Yellowhawk Resort adds 20% service fee (i.e., gratuity) to all menu items and flights.

Option #2, is for us to pickup “Graze” sandwiches/salads for you.

Just a reminder that most wineries have a cheese/charcuterie board available for purchase.

 

Q: DO YOU GET KICKBACKS FROM THE WINERIES THAT YOU BRING GUEST TO?

A: No, that’s not the way that we operate. Each tour is different, and we solicit your input before we start designing your tour.

We do have our favorite wineries, based on feedback from our guests. If enough guests get back into the car and say “that place was awesome – you should bring everyone here!” then we will add them to our list of recommended wineries.

 

Q: WHAT IS YOUR CANCELLATION POLICY?

A: For Personal Winery Tours, your $300 deposit reserves each date. If you need to reschedule your tour, just notify us at least 60 days in advance and we can reschedule (or postpone) your tour without losing your deposit. If you “cancel” 60 days or more – 80% is refundable: 30 days or more – 50% refundable: 15 days or more – 30% refundable: 14 days or less – No Refund.

 

Q: CAN I WEAR JEANS TO A WINERY?

A: Yes, Jeans are acceptable year-round – we call it wine country casual (for women – sundresses, blouses and skirts, nice jeans, wedges, sandals, etc.; for men – golf shirts, khaki pants, nice jeans, dressier shorts, stylish sneakers, boat shoes, etc.).

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Wine Event Weekends

 

Fall Release Weekend – November 4-6, 2022

Cellar doors are opening this time of year, and new releases are available for tasting. Mapping out a fun weekend adventure touring the wineries is a great fall tradition. In addition, the Valley embraces the cooler weather with winemaker dinners, live music, art festivals, and many more activities. Walla Walla Fall Release Weekend is an exciting time to savor the refreshing, brisk fall in the Valley.

Holiday Barrel Tasting – December 2-4, 2022

This annual event, held the first whole weekend of December, is sure to inspire your holiday spirit. Amidst the season's festive atmosphere,season's festive atmosphere winemakers and cellar staff provide samples of future releases straight from the barrel. New releases often include the barrel samples you tasted at the prior year’s event. In the true spirit of the Valley, each winery participates in its unique wayous, offering various features, including art, music, and more.

 

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Spring Kick-off Weekend – April 7-9, 2023

Come shake off the Winter blues and join us for the first official wine weekend. This weekend kicks off the wine season in the Valley, and wineries invite you to stop by and celebrate with exceptional experiences, pairings, and festivities.

 

Spring Release Weekend – May 5-7, 2023

The first releases of a new vintage are the highlights of this weekend. The Valley’s winemakers are on hand to introduce their new wines and share the creative winemaking process. Visitors can be the first to enjoy the new vintage and take home a selection of wines, many of which can be found only by visiting the wineries and tasting rooms.

Celebrate Walla Walla Valley Wine – Merlot - July 13-15, 2023

Join over 60 Walla Walla Valley winemakers, three internationally known guest winemakers, and well-known wine critics and experts in exploring one of the world’s most beloved and noble red wine grape varieties – Cabernet Sauvignon. Contrast the growing conditions, wine styles, and wines of the Walla Walla Valley with the Bordeaux region of France, Tuscany, Italy, and Napa, California. Participate in special tastings of rare vintage wines, one-of-a-kind winemaker dinners,, receptions with some of the Valley’s most acclaimed winemakers, and much more!

 

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Walla Walla Restaurant Recommendations

 

On our tours, I’m often get asked the question “Where should we eat dinner in Walla Walla?” I usually answer with “there isn’t any bad food in town, so it depends on what your favorite cuisine is.” On a busy weekend, it’s usually wherever you can get in!

Dinner reservations are like Wine Tours and Hotel rooms, you really need to reserve a table at the same time. Don’t wait until you arrive in town. You’ll be glad you did.

Here is a list of the most favorite restaurants in Walla Walla’s downtown area. Most restaurants now have outdoor setting for the good weather days. Bring a sweater, as some nights when the sun sets, the temperature will drop a little. Trying some of our great local wine with dinner will help you stay warm.

Upscale Restaurants in Walla Walla:

TMACS: (pronounced tee-max, which is an abbreviation for owner Tom Maccarone.) This newly remodeled space is hip and modern, with a two-level lounge and bar addition to their restaurant space and awesome outdoor patio area. Very tasty dishes, with a nod to Tom’s Italian heritage. Awesome cocktails too. (Closed Sun – Mon.) For reservations, call 509 522-4776

Passatempo: Upscale Italian food with delicious homemade pasta and a great bar. My favorite thing about this place is the large outdoor courtyard that has misters during the summer and heated in the winter. They’re known for their cocktails, made by local legend Jim German. (Closed Tues – Weds.) For Reservations, call 509 876-8822

Brasserie Four: A French bistro with rich and delicious dishes. My favorite dish here is the steak (or Moules) frites, but really- everything on their menu is fantastic. They also have great pate, cheeses, pizza, and their salads are light and flavorful, which can offset other rich foods. They are surprisingly kid friendly too. (Closed Sun - Mon.) For Reservations, call 509 529-2011

Saffron Mediterranean Kitchen: Our only James Beard nominated chef in town. You’ll find a mix of Mediterranean flavors here that pair amazingly well together, i.e., Spanish Moroccan, Turkish. Some of their ingredients skew towards the exotic, and can include quail, ox, and escargot. Dishes here can be ordered tapas-style so it’s a great place for a small group that’s okay with sharing. Reservations are only available by calling (509) 525-2112 after 2 pm Wednesday – Saturday. Closed Sun – Mon.)

Hattaway’s on Alder: A relative newcomer to the Walla Walla Restaurant scene, offering upscale dishes with local ingredients and a southern twist. Delicious Pate, salads, fish, and of course: fried chicken. Really good food, and quickly becoming my favorite new restaurant in town. Pro tip: For groups of 4 to 6, call ahead to reserve their private wine room at no additional charge. (Open every day.) For reservations, call 509 525-4433

Walla Walla Steak Company and Crossbuck Brewing: These two businesses share a building, and are both part of the El Gaucho chain in Seattle. The Steak Company offers dim lighting and a top-notch dining experience. Visit Crossbuck for a more casual experience with over 20 beers on tap, including beer from other local Walla Walla breweries. Both menus are available on the brewery side. Note: both restaurants add a 20% “service charge” to your bill, so if you don’t get the service you expect, speak to a manager. (Closed Sun – Mon.) For Reservations, call 509 526-4100

The Marc: this is the name on the bar and restaurant located on the first floor of the Marcus Whitman Hotel. They have a nice lounge area with comfy couches, a fireplace, and great cocktails. For an ultimate night of dinning at the Marc, experience the pleasure of a freshly prepared meal, in the heart of the Marc Restaurant’s kitchen. Executive Chef, Grant Hinderliter and Chief Sommelier, Dan McCaffrey have combined forces to create a multi-course food & wine celebration, around the hotel’s ultra-exclusive chef’s table. Seating is limited to 10 guests – with larger table settings available elsewhere in the hotel. Call 509 524-5110 to schedule your Chef’s Table experience.

Kinglet at Whitehouse-Crawford: New restaurant opening in the old Whitehouse-Crawford Mill. Seattle Chef Maximillian Petty and his wife are opening a new business in Walla Walla soon. The Kinglet will borrow some ideas from their Eden Hill menu in Seattle where they had items like an apple cider brazed brisket with crunchy vegetables and aioli sauce; crusted and seared scallops on sweet corn risotto; smoked chicken breast; and a 24-hour grilled sweet port belly. The restaurant will have a full bar and will also offer catering options. (Closed Tues - Wed). For Reservations, call 509 676-4550

Casual Restaurants in Walla Walla:

Sweet Basil Pizzeria: When you’ve been wine tasting all day and don’t feel like a fancy meal, but still need something to eat – this place is perfect. They off thin-crust gourmet pizza by the slice or a whole pie. When you order at the counter and you can get a local wine or beer on tap to accompany your meal. Add a side salad for a just a few bucks to make a meal. Enjoy your meal at the outdoor seating area just outside the restaurant.

Big House Brew Pub: This is my favorite outdoor dining option in Walla Walla. They brew beer on the site,, and have a huge patio that is also dog-friendly. The name “Big House” is a nod the State Penitentiary, located in Walla Walla about 3 miles away, which is know as the “Big House.”

Walla Walla Indian Cuisine: If you want an excuse to nap all afternoon, their lunch buffet is fantastic. They don’t off their buffet at dinner, but I’m sure the food is even better when it’s freshly cooked.

Yamas Greek Eatery: If you’re craving grilled meat, this is your place. A relative newcomer to town – they’re not fancy, but more upscale than the name implies. During the Corona Virus outbreak, they closed off the street outside and put-up tables, chairs, and umbrellas for expanded outdoor dining.

Other local favorites:

Wingman Birdz + Brewz

The Bread Company

Dibs on Main

Bacon & Eggs

The Maple Counter Café

Public House 124

Shiki Hibachi Sushi

Tokyo Japanese Steak House

El Sombrero

The most famous Fast Food in Walla Walla – The Ice-Burg Drive-in

Best Sandwiches in Walla Walla - Graze

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Wine Country Touring Tips!

 

The next time you tour Walla Walla Valley wineries and vineyards to find out “How Does Washington Taste?” follow these touring tips that will help you seem like a pro during your visit. Remember that Walla Walla Valley world-renowned winemakers and growers are eager to share their knowledge and passion with consumers and their colleagues.

 

Location

Located in southeast Washington, the Walla Walla Valley is a scenic and leisurely four to five-hour drive from Seattle, Boise or Portland. Walla Walla Valley Wine Country is situated in the central region of Washington State, beginning in Walla Walla and running through the Benton City, Red Mountain region. The Walla Walla Valley wine country is situated along Interstate 82 in the central part of Washington State. The foothills of the Cascade Mountains form the western boundary of the appellation, with the area extending east to the Kiona Hills near Richland.

 

Plan Your Itinerary

Visit between 4 to 5 tasting rooms per day. Get the true tasting experience by lingering at each winery. A true tasting will allow you time to let your sensations pay attention to the flavors of each wine. Plan your itinerary so that at lunchtime you end up at a winery that has a picnic area.

 

Please Drink Responsibly

Discover the flavors of Walla Walla Valley by sampling and drinking in moderation. Alcohol consumption is limited to people 21 years or older. Don’t hesitate to spit; tasting rooms usually provide a container for this purpose.

 

Wine tasting etiquette

You and other wine tasters want to be able to evaluate a wine’s aroma without competition: avoid wearing strong scent or smoking immediately before visiting a tasting room. Be assured that it is “O.K.” to pour out the remainder of a sample of wine which you don’t finish. Tasting rooms usually provide a container for this purpose.

 

Explore Beyond Your Favorite Wines

Every winemaker has a unique style and manner of finishing their wines, so a variety of wine (merlot, chardonnay, etc.) will taste differently at each winery. This is a great chance to taste wines that pique your curiosity.

 

Ask Questions

Walla Walla Valley winemakers and growers are a generous bunch—with their time, knowledge and passion for producing world‐class wines. 

 

Whether you are a novice or expert, you will find friendly, knowledgeable hosts in the Valley’s tasting rooms who want to pass on their passion for the Walla Walla Valley. In fact, many times in the Walla Walla Valley, the person behind the tasting room counter is the owner and or winemaker.

 

Amber C, WA

I have been on A LOT of tours, and this was SO fun. My mom really enjoyed the first couple of wineries, but I really enjoyed Long Shadow, as I'm a big fan of red wines. The lunch was great. The area was absolutely beautiful. By far, our tour guide George was the thing that really put this tour over the top for us!!!!

Karen B, WA

Trip is fabulous from pickup to drop-off. Our driver and tour leader George did a terrific job. He was very personable. The 5 wineries were outstanding from a small family vineyard, larger testing room to a full tour of a beautiful Garrison Creek Winery. George provided us with a Gourmet Lunch which was mouthwatering. We will be using his service again.

Mark M, CA

It was fantastic. Our tour guide, George, was outstanding. He knew so much about the Walla Walla Valley and the Red Mountain Areas. We learned so much. He was also very nice and funny! I would recommend him to all my friends and family as the best tour guide company in the area.

Paul B, ID

We thoroughly enjoyed the day visiting 4 wineries and one Brew House. The lunch was delicious and the tastings were great. I enjoyed being on a small group tour like this. Walla Walla Wine country is a place to get away for the weekend. We will be calling George again next Summer.

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The experience was truly one of a kind. Our driver and guide, George was fun, engaging, and explained a lot of the areas as we drove out to the different wineries we had tastings scheduled for. The views were breathtaking, the five wineries we went to were all unique in their own ways. We went with our best friends, Bob and Pam. I prefer small and intimate tours like this. Our fees included a great lunch.

Additionally, when leaving the car at the end of the trip, I left my iPhone in the car. I didn't realize it until about 10 minutes after George had returned us to our Airbnb. I called George and he found it right away and returned it to me within fifteen minutes. That is TRUE customer service at its finest! I appreciate the great times that this trip provided and I will definitely use Personal Winery Tours again, on my next excursion to Walla Walla.

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I'm George

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Nice to meet you!

Visiting the Walla Walla Valley and the Red Mountain Area's is an exciting experience! The grapevines, the hills, the vineyards, the Tasting Rooms, and Walla Walla's fabulous downtown area with all the friendly people - will be a part of your overall wine country visit. It will be providing memorable experiences for all of you.

I have been a private tour operator since 2015. I take pride in this magical place, that I am fortunate to call home, and I can't wait to share it with you, soon. I wasn't born in Walla Walla, but after living in the area for over 50 years, I consider myself an honorable native.

 
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