Walla Walla Valley Looks To Defend its Title as America’s Best Wine Region in the 2021 USA TODAY 10Best Readers’ Choice Awards
Walla Walla currently sitting in second place; public encouraged to vote daily between now and Aug. 2
(WALLA WALLA, Wash.) — The Walla Walla Valley is once again in the running for another prestigious national award, this time seeking a repeat designation as “Best Wine Region” in the annual USA Today 10Best Readers’ Choice Awards. With just under three weeks to go in the competition, the Walla Walla Valley is currently in second place, just behind Texas Hill Country and just ahead of California’s Temecula Valley. Visit Walla Walla and Walla Walla Valley Wine are asking the public to cast their daily vote in an effort to secure the top spot for the second year in a row.
“We are thrilled to see the Walla Walla Valley as a ‘Best Wine Region’ nominee for the fourth consecutive year,” said Robert Hansen, executive director of Visit Walla Walla and Walla Walla Valley Wine. “The Walla Walla Valley is not just about the wine, it’s about the people who work hard each day because they take pride in what they do and where they’re from. After such a challenging year, we are beyond thankful to be open and doing what we love; creating quality wine and unforgettable experiences.”
A panel of five wine industry experts selected 20 finalists for “Best Wine Region” before handing the vote over to the public. The results are now up to community members, as they can vote daily until the competition ends Monday, Aug. 2 at noon.
Competing with more than 250 grape-growing wine regions in North America, the Walla Walla Valley is at the top of the list yet again. Just last year, the Walla Walla Valley won first place for “Best Wine Region,” as well as fifth place in 2018 and 2019.
In addition to the Walla Walla Valley’s nomination for “Best Wine Region,” Long Shadows Vintners is once again in the running for “Best Tasting Room” after receiving the same nomination in 2020. Voters can help Long Shadows win their rightful title as the “Best Tasting Room” in North America by clicking here.
About Walla Walla:
As the unofficial capital of Washington wine country, Walla Walla is home to more than 120 wineries, a nationally recognized culinary scene, access to an abundance of outdoor recreation, and an arts & entertainment scene that rivals cities many times its size. This community of just over 30,000 residents is known for many things, including its friendliness and hospitality, the quality of its wine, and of course the famous Walla Walla Sweet Onion. An easy and scenic four-hour drive from Seattle, Portland, or Boise, Walla Walla can also be accessed via Alaska Airlines daily non-stop flights from Seattle. For more information and to begin planning a trip to Walla Walla, visit www.wallawalla.org.
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. For more information visit www.wallawallawine.com.