I’ve always wanted to visit Walla Walla, and this year I am glad I was given the chance to explore this beautiful region of Washington State. Located about five hours from Seattle and home to some of the best wineries in the country, this charming town is the perfect place for your next local road-trip. As the weather gets warmer, the town gets tons of visitors so aim to visit beginning of May for all the wine spring release.
Before coming to Wall Walla, please be mindful of rules and regulations, and make sure to wear your masks. As the town moves to phase two, Walla Walla has adopted a Peace of Mind Pledge to allow safe travels. Restaurants, lodging and entertainment establishments are adopting best practices from the CDC to ensure health and safety of all visitors.
Hope you enjoy this travel guide and become inspired to get your drink on. I’ve included some of my favorite wineries to visit for a weekend getaway.
Castillo De Felicana
Castillo De Felicania “Castle of Happiness” is inspired by the southern region of Spain. The estate located on 66 acres at 900 ft, makes this vineyard the lowest elevation site in Walla Walla. They are known for their Merlot, Malbec, and my favorite the Cabernet Sauvignon. Come visit during the summer when they have live bands, and their famous “Salsa under the stars event”. For a list of their current wine selection, click here.
After years of being in the great outdoors in Washington State, Chuck Reininger, a professional mountaineer guide on Mt Rainier, decided to join the wine making world alongside his wife Tracy Reininger. Mastering the art of wine making, Reininger is now known as one of Washington’s top wineries. Click here for current wine selection.
I very much enjoyed learning about this winery during my stay. With sustainability in mind, Waterbrook makes it a priority to cultivate on safely treated rich soil free of toxic chemicals. They’re recent initiative has reduce their herbicide use by 90%. This process allows them to grow healthy vines for some world class wine. This gorgeous estate is a must visit for your next Walla Walla trip.
A perfect mix of wine and art, the Foundry is an absolute visit. The combination of art and wine makes for a unique experience one must try. Now owned by talented siblings, this winery is scene to some of the best arts in the States. Artists from around the world come to display their work during the four-yearly shows held at the winery. Come visit, and enjoy some wine while taking in the recent exhibit.
Most of the wineries I visited were located outside of town. If you’re looking to enjoy delicious wine whilst in town, stop by the Gard for some amazing Rose, The Browne with a beautiful outdoor area, and Amavi known for their sustainably made wine. Don’t forget to get some wine slushies at Plumb Cellars while walking around town.
Hope you enjoy this travel guide. For more travel inspiration around Washington State, check out my travel blog for Vashon Island.