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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. 

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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 southeast region of Washington State, beginning in Benton City, Red Mountain region, to the Blue Mountains foothills form the appellation’s Eastern boundary. 


Plan Your Itinerary 

Visit between 3 to 5 tasting rooms per day. Get the authentic tasting experience by lingering at each winery. A proper tasting will allow you time to let your sensations pay attention to the flavors of each wine. Plan your itinerary, so you end up at a winery with a picnic area at lunchtime. 


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.


Wine tasting etiquette 

You and other wine tasters want to be able to evaluate a wine’s aroma without competition: avoid wearing strong scents 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 that 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 wines (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 generous with their time, knowledge, and passion for producing world‐class wines.  


Whether you’re a novice or an 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. Many times in the Walla Walla Valley, the person behind the tasting room counter is the owner or winemaker.  


Tasting and Buying Wine at the Winery 

Some tasting rooms may ask that you pay a fee to taste the wine. Some wineries apply this fee to purchase, and others might include the glass. Occasionally wineries will run special sales. If the winery has a newsletter or mailing list, sign up. This way, you will find out about special deals & events at the winery. If you had a great experience and enjoyed the wine, it’s appropriate to make a purchase.

Weekly events and things to do in Walla Walla

Walla Walla is one of the Most Beautiful Towns in Washington State!

All the reasons you need to visit Walla Walla, Washington. There are activities going on every weekend in town and at the various wineries. From the creative, laid-back feel of downtown to the fresh, freeing energy of the countryside, Walla Walla has a slice of something special for everyone. 

A stroll through our tree-lined city center, recognized as one of the best small-town Main Streets in the country, unveils a crafty mix of vintage shops, cafes, bookstores, tasting rooms, restaurants, great golf courses, and more. With community-centered offerings, including public art, seasonal Farmer's Markets, and outdoor concerts, there’s always something to get up to here. Our calendar will help you plan your trip to Walla Walla. In Walla Walla.

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