What to Expect in Summer 2021

A Message from Walla Walla Valley Wine

We are thrilled to say the Walla Walla Valley is fully reopened at this time! We ask for your patience and understanding as individual businesses navigate fully reopening. Thank you for your support over the last year.

Consumers should know that we are still keeping the safety of our guests, employees and community top of mind while continuing to deliver the unparalleled wine country experience the Walla Walla Valley is known for.

Current Reopening Information

As of 8/23/21, masks are required inside in both Washington and Oregon. Reservations are recommended for all visitors, and we recommend checking in with wineries prior to your visit for their policies regarding group size, physical distancing and more. We look forward to welcoming you to the Walla Walla Valley!

The Walla Walla Valley as a whole is adopting the carefully phased approaches laid out by both Oregon and Washington to ensure the health and safety of winemakers, tasting room teams, production workers and Walla Walla Valley wine enthusiasts who are eager to engage with wineries once again. In addition, many area wineries have adopted the Peace of Mind Pledge, created by Visit Walla Walla and supported by Walla Walla Valley Wine and the Walla Walla Valley Chamber of Commerce promising to prioritize health and safety above all else throughout the reopening process. You can read the Peace of Mind Pledge in its entirety here.

Find your way back to Walla Walla Valley Wine

We know you may have a few questions, so we put together a list of Frequently Asked Questions and Tips & Tricks for navigating wine tasting in the Walla Walla Valley during the initial phases of reopening.

  1. Book Reservations – We recommend that you make appointments with the wineries and tasting rooms you plan to visit.  In general, a good rule of thumb is to make sure you have contacted a winery, either through reservation, or calling ahead to make sure you understand their policies. Many wineries have a reservation system, accessible online or via email/phone – you can view wineries and make reservations here.
  2. Schedule in a Little More Time – Wineries and tasting room teams are working hard to make your visit as seamless as possible. Please be conscious of your scheduled appointments and allow yourself enough time to get from place to place to be on time for in-person tastings.
  3. Come Prepared to Taste Outside – While indoor tasting is now permitted at full capacity in the Walla Walla Valley, high demand means that some guests may want to taste outdoors. We recommend coming prepared for the summer weather – hats, sunscreen and a water bottle will ensure you are prepared for warm weather.
  4. Wear Your Face Covering – Visitors in both Washington and Oregon are required to wear face coverings when entering and moving about all places of business. When you are seated for your tasting, your face covering can be removed.
  5. Have Fun and Enjoy! – While safety is of the utmost importance, wine country is meant to be enjoyed! We are so grateful for your support of Walla Walla Valley Wine!

FAQ's

Are the wineries and tasting rooms in the Walla Walla Valley open?

As of 8/23/21, masks are required inside in both Washington and Oregon. Reservations are recommended for all visitors, and we recommend checking in with wineries prior to your visit for their policies regarding group size, physical distancing and more. We look forward to welcoming you to the Walla Walla Valley!

Do I need to make reservations?

We recommend that you make appointments with the wineries and tasting rooms you plan to visit. While wineries are able to operate at 100% capacity as of June 30, many are excited to return to wine country, and demand is high. In addition, some wineries may choose to continue operating at a lower capacity. The best way to ensure you can taste at a winery is to make a reservation.

In general, a good rule of thumb is to make sure you have contacted a winery, either through reservation, or calling ahead to make sure you understand their policies. Many wineries have a reservation system, accessible online or via email/phone – you can view wineries and make reservations here.

Additionally, if you are unable to secure an appointment with a winery or tasting room, curbside and pickup options are still available.

Do I need to wear a mask?

Yes, both fully vaccinated and unvaccinated individuals are required to wear a face covering. Please wear a face covering when entering and moving around a business, and engaging in non-tasting activities. You may remove your mask once you are in your designated tasting area.

Winery employees are also required to wear a face covering.

Can I bring a group?

Yes, as of 6/30/21, there are no limits on group size for wine tasting in the Walla Walla Valley.

What about restaurants?

Just like wineries, as of 6/30/21, restaurants are permitted to operate at 100% capacity in both Washington and Oregon. We still recommend making reservations to ensure your spot at a restaurant during your visit.

Will wineries be serving food? Can we bring food?

We recommend that you check with each winery or tasting room prior to arrival.