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Walla Walla Valley Wine 30th Anniversary


In just over three decades, the Walla Walla Valley has emerged as one of the premier wine destinations of the world. But it’s not the international acclaim or the thousands of 90+ scores that make this valley special. It’s the people. Real people.

Since the late 1970’s, Walla Walla winemakers have been working together to build the region as a whole. From making wine out of their garages, to mentoring up-and-coming winemakers – the founders knew that the best chance for success was to elevate the entire Walla Walla Valley.

In 1984, the Walla Walla Valley was officially designated as an American Viticultural Area (AVA). There were only four bonded wineries that year – with a boom on the way. At the turn of the millennium more than 50 wineries called the Valley home, and today that number has grown to more than 100.

On March 20, 2014 the Walla Walla Valley wine industry founders came together for a once-in-a-lifetime roundtable discussion and vintage tasting. Needless to say – the stories amongst the old friends could have continued for days.

Thanks to the men and women who started it all, Walla Walla is still a place for dreamers – who will perhaps become the next generation of winemakers. We are committed to producing the highest quality wine from the highest quality vineyards, and to working together for the good of the Valley.

Real People Making Great Wine.

L-R: Norm McKibben (Pepper Bridge Winery), John Freeman (Waterbrook), Gary Figgins (Leonetti Cellar), Rick Small (Woodward Canyon), Marty Clubb (L'Ecole No 41), Eric Rindal (Waterbrook), Casey McClellan (Seven Hills Winery)

L-R: Woodward Canyon, Seven Hills Winery, Leonetty Cellar, Woodward Canyon, L'Ecole No 41.

Brought to you by:

Basel Cellars Estate Winery | Canoe Ridge Vineyard | L'Ecole No 41

Seven Hills Winery | Skylite Cellars | Three Rivers Winery | Woodward Canyon