Located in southeastern Washington State and extending partly into the northeastern corner of Oregon. The region is entirely included within the larger Columbia Valley AVA. Walla Walla Valley has become one of Washington’s fastest growing wine regions with the highest concentration of wineries in the state.
The Growing Region
The Walla Walla AVA is climatically diverse. It is cooler and wetter than a number of Washington’s growing regions. The physical attributes of the Walla Walla AVA are complex with growing zones ranging from 400 feet to 2,000 feet in elevation. These unique attributes have established a worldwide reputation for creating some of the finest wines in America.
Latitude 46° North
Longitude 118.5° West
What is an AVA?
An AVA is an American Viticultural Area that has been recognized by the federal government for a distinctive combination of soil, climate, and identifiable regional wine character. AVAs are often referred to as appellations or districts, such as the Napa Valley appellation. These laws are meant to ensure quality within specific regions and to establish consistency in the product.
The AVA is used on wine labels to indicate region of origin. To be eligible to use a specific AVA designation, 85% of the grapes used in the wine must be grown in the AVA itself. They are decided from geography rather than state line because within one state there can be many different types of climates and terroirs, each creating vastly different wines.
Some Fun Facts About Walla Walla
Walla Walla is a Native American term for “many waters.”
There region has close to 2,000 acres of prime vineyards with over 100 wineries.
Walla Walla is home to home of Washington’s oldest wineries.
Red varieties such as Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, and Syrah are predominant here.
This world class AVA lies on latitude 46°N, which is midway between
the two renown French appellations of Bordeaux and Burgundy.