Amavi Cellars

3796 Peppers Bridge Road
Walla Walla, WA
Phone: (509) 525-3541
A sister winery to Pepper Bridge, Amavi, a mashup of the Italian words for love (amor) and life (vita), produces premium wines, most notably cab sauv and syrah, that are approachable—in drinkability and price point. The stylish, modern Walla Walla tasting room offers views across vineyards on the south end of town.

Bledsoe Family Winery

229 E. Main St.
Walla Walla, WA
Phone: (509) 525-3334
Bledsoe Family Winery is the second label founded by former NLF quarterback (and Walla Walla High School alum) Drew Bledsoe. The varietals include a chardonnay, rosé, syrah and cabernet sauvignon. The downtown tasting room is open by appointment only (Wed.-Sun.).

Castillo de Feliciana Winery & Vineyard

85728 Telephone Pole Road
Milton-Freewater, OR
Phone: (541) 558-3656
The Castillo family focuses primarily on Spanish-inspired varietals and blends, including a remarkable albariño and intense tempranillos. The grounds (pictured above) include two spacious patios where you can sample wines while nibbling on light bites and admiring views across vineyards and wheat fields out to the Blue Mountains. Concerts, events and activities such as salsa dancing and "Havana" nights keep things fun and lively from spring through fall.

Charles Smith Wines

35 S. Spokane St.
Walla Walla, WA
Phone: (509) 526-5230
Charles Smith's downtown Walla Walla tasting room offers an airy, industrial-chic setting for sampling his team's diverse portfolio of wines, including those produced under the K Vintners and Substance labels. Concrete floors and exposed brick retain the historic charm of the renovated space, a former auto repair garage dating back to 1917.

Doubleback

3853 Powerline Road
Walla Walla, WA
Phone: (509) 525-3334
Founded by former NFL quarterback (and Walla Walla High School alum) Drew Bledsoe, Doubleback produces small lots of three premium Walla Walla Valley wines: a chardonnay, a cab sauv and an estate reserve cab sauv. Tours and seated tastings at the swanky winery, on the south end of town, are available by appointment only.

Dusted Valley

1248 Old Milton Hwy.
Walla Walla, WA
Phone: (509) 525-1337
Founded by a fun-loving group of Wisconsin transplants in the mid-2000s, Dusted Valley produces about 5,000 cases a year of intense cab sauvs, syrahs and petite sirahs under its main label, as well as another 20,000 cases of its value-priced Boomtown wines. The tasting room at its Walla Walla winery is set among farms and vineyards, providing dramatic views of the Blue Mountains.

Five Star Cellars

840 C St.
Walla Walla, WA
Phone: (509) 527-8400
WInemaker Matt Huse, son of founder David Huse, produces rich red varietals and blends that reflect the luscious nature of Walla Walla Valley fruit.

L’Ecole No. 41

42 Lowden School Road
Touchet, WA
Phone: (509) 525-0940
Founded in 1983, the third oldest winery in Walla Walla has emerged as one of its most respected. Its portfolio of wines include Columbia Valley varietals and acclaimed terroir-driven selections from its Walla Walla Valley vineyards. The winery takes its name from the historic, 1915 brick schoolhouse that houses its production facilities and tasting room.

Long Shadows

1604 Frenchtown Road
Walla Walla, WA
Phone: (509) 526-0905 ext. 1
This innovative venture founded by Allen Shoup, former president and CEO of Chateau Ste. Michelle, brings winemakers from other parts of the world to Washington to craft wine from some of the state’s premier vineyard blocks. The Walla Walla winery offers tours of the production facility and seated tastings in a lounge adorned with Dale Chihuly's glass art.

Maison Bleue/Pambrun

20 N. Second Ave.
Walla Walla, WA
Phone: (509) 525-9084
Established in 2007, Maison Bleue produces small lots of highly rated Rhône-style varietals and blends, sourced from Walla Walla Valley vineyards. In 2018, the winery was purchased by Willamette Valley Vineyards, which, in addition to Willamette Valley pinot noirs, chardonnays and others, also produces Bordeaux-style varietals and blends under its Pambrun label. The latter sources grapes from The Rocks District, a sub-appellation of the Walla Walla Valley. (Pierre-Chrysologue Pambrun was an administrator of the Hudson Bay Company's Walla Walla–area fort in the 19th century. He is known for having brokered peace between Native Americans and settlers, and is an ancestor of Willamette Valley Vineyards' founder Jim Bernau.) Tastings of both labels' wines are available in their shared downtown tasting room.

Mark Ryan Winery

26 E. Main St., Ste. 1
Walla Walla, WA
Phone: (509) 875-4577
Founder Mark Ryan McNeilly and head winemaker Mike Macmorran craft intense Bordeaux- and Rhône–style blends and varietals with grapes sourced from some of the state's most prestigious vineyards, including Ciel du Cheval and Klipsun on Red Mountain, as well as Red Willow and Olsen in Yakima Valley. The Walla Walla tasting room is a must-stop location in the heart of downtown.

Otis Kenyon

23 E. Main St.
Walla Walla, WA
Phone: (509) 525-3505
This small, family-owned winery produces full-throttle syrah and cabernet sauvignon, in addition to a few other red and white varietals that also reflect the robust characteristics that Walla Walla Valley wines can obtain.

Pepper Bridge Winery

1704 J.B. George Road
Walla Walla, WA
Phone: (509) 525-6502
Founded in 1998 by Norm McKibben, one of Washington's modern wine pioneers, Pepper Bridge primarily produces powerful, savory red wines, though a sauvignon blanc is also available. Each release reflects a commitment to craftsmanship that begins in sustainably managed estate vineyards and continues through production.

Rôtie Cellars

31 E. Main St., Ste. 216
Walla Walla, WA
Phone: (509) 301-9074
Taking its name from the Rhône Valley AOC, Rôtie specializes in Rhône-style varietals and blends, red and white, though winemaker/owner Sean Boyd is also creating a growing portfolio of single-varietal gems. In addition to its Main Street tasting room in downtown Walla Walla, the winery also offers tastings in its newer space in Seattle's SoDo district.

Tranche Cellars

705 Berney Drive
Walla Walla, WA
Phone: (509) 526-3500
Tranche earns raves for its Rhône-inspired blends. Its luscious Pape Blanc, a southern Rhône–style blend, will make even the staunchest of "red-only" drinkers rethink their preferences. The winery's cab sauvs and chardonnays never disappoint. Wood, glass, steel and thoughtful art give the tasting room and patio a stylish modern feel; warm weather brings live music to the winery on Friday evenings, April through October.

Va Piano Vineyards

1793 J.B. George Road
Walla Walla, WA
Phone: (509) 529-0900
Founded by fourth-generation Walla Wallan Justin Wylie, Va Piano does a lot of things really well. Tannins in the cabernet sauvignons and syrahs provide the structure they need to avoid becoming overly unctuous. Rosé fans will love the Yakima Valley cab franc rosé, when available; the bright, acidic wine provides tightly wound notes of melon that loosen up with food.

Valdemar Estates

3808 Rolling Hills Lane
Walla Walla, WA
Phone: (509) 956-4962
This new state-of-the-art winery on the south side of Walla Walla is the first venture outside of Spain for the Bujanda family, who have been making wines in La Rioja for five generations. Their spacious tasting room and patio offer views out to the Blue Mountains, providing a scenic setting to nosh on tapas from the on-site restaurant, while sampling the Bujandas' Spanish wines and their 2017 Washington releases, sourced from Red Mountain and Walla Walla vineyards. Revered local winemaker Marie-Eve Gilla joined the team in time for the 2018 vintage, with her varietals and blends expected to begin being released in 2020. The long-term plan is to have her produce estate wines, as the Bujandas' plantings take root in vineyards located in on-site, in the Rocks District and in the up-and-coming North Fork, near Milton-Freewater.

Woodward Canyon Winery

11920 W. Hwy 12
Lowden, WA
Phone: (509) 525-4129
Rick Small established Walla Walla Valley’s second modern winery in 1981, after planting vineyards on his family’s wheatland. Today, Woodward Canyon produced elegant wines—primarily cabernet sauvignons, Bordeaux-style blends, chardonnay and sauvignon blanc, with fruit from its 41-acre estate vineyard and four other esteemed sites, including Champoux Vineyard, in which it has an ownership stake. The tasting room, open daily, is located in a restored farmhouse along the highway, about 13 miles west of town. Tasting options include classic flights ($10) and reserve flights ($15), with patio seating available out back.