Celebrate Walla Walla Valley Wine Scheduled to Return in July 2022
The Walla Walla Valley’s signature wine event will focus on Syrah with tastings, educational events and intimate winemaker dinners.
WALLA WALLA, WA – The Walla Walla Valley’s signature wine event, Celebrate Walla Walla Valley Wine – Syrah, is slated for July 14-16, 2022. Celebrate showcases a different wine varietal each year, comparing and sharing the similarities and differences of the Walla Walla Valley with other leading wine regions around the world. The 2022 event will focus on celebrating Syrah, the second most widely grown grape variety in the wine region.
“Walla Walla Valley Syrah has earned a world-class reputation for delivering a premium, terroir driven wine experience,” says Robert Hansen, Executive Director of Walla Walla Valley Wine. “We look forward to honoring this distinguished varietal after a two-year pause. There is no better time to meet face-to-face with winemakers who are pushing the boundaries of Walla Walla Valley Syrah than during Celebrate.”
The Celebrate event series will commence on Thursday afternoon with a kick-off talk that will explore the historical and cultural significance of Syrah, followed by Vintage Pour, an exclusive library tasting. Vintage Pour will feature vintages aged for ten years and longer from over 40 Walla Walla Valley wineries.
On Friday, guests will be treated to a global wine panel where winemakers from around the world join Walla Walla Valley winemakers to engage guests with a lively discussion on acclaimed Syrah growing regions paired with samples of each panelist’s wine. The Wine Panel Presentation and Tasting is an immersive experience that demonstrates how wines vary among the world’s leading regions. Friday culminates with a Collaborative Winemaker Dinner Series. Ticket holders experience an exclusive evening in the Walla Walla Valley as winemakers and chefs come together to create intimate food and wine experiences at locations throughout the region.
The event series concludes with the Syrah Grand Tasting, the largest organized tasting event of the year in the Walla Walla Valley with roughly 50 wineries pouring their latest Syrah releases, white wines, sparkling wines and rosés.
“The enthusiasm surrounding Syrah continues to grow, and we are excited to welcome wine enthusiasts to the Walla Walla Valley to celebrate with us this summer,” says Hansen.
More event details, including participating wineries, event speakers and dinner locations will be announced this spring. Tickets are on sale now.
Schedule at a Glance
Thursday, July 14, 2022
Kick-Off Event at Gesa Power House Theatre | 2:30-4:00 p.m.
Vintage Pour at CAVU Cellars | 4:30-6:30 p.m.
Friday, July 15, 2022
Wine Panel Presentation & Tasting at Marcus Whitman Hotel & Conference Center | 1:00-3:00 p.m.
Collaborative Winemaker Dinner Series throughout the Walla Walla Valley | 6:00-9:00 p.m.
Saturday, July 16, 2022
Syrah Grand Wine Tasting* at Valdemar Estates | 4:30-6:30 p.m.
*VIP Experience for Super Pass Holders starts at 3:30 p.m.
Visit WallaWallaWine.com/Celebrate to learn more and purchase tickets.
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About Celebrate Walla Walla Valley Wine
Formed by the Walla Walla Valley Wine Alliance in 2013, Celebrate Walla Walla Valley Wine is the region’s signature wine event held annually. The event series is structured to showcase a different wine varietal each year, historically focusing on Cabernet Sauvignon, Syrah, and Merlot. Over the course of three days, the events demonstrate how wines can vary among the world’s leading regions resulting from different growing conditions, winemaking styles, and vineyards through special tastings of rare vintage wines, educational seminars, and one-of-a-kind winemaker dinners.
About Walla Walla Valley Wine
Walla Walla Valley Wine is a nonprofit wine industry membership organization whose primary mission is to build an internationally acclaimed Walla Walla Valley wine brand among consumers, media, and trade by providing marketing programs on behalf of member wineries, vineyards, and partners. Walla Walla Valley Wine functions as the leading informational resource for consumers, media and trade interested in learning more about the Valley’s wine industry.
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