Vintages

Take a look at vintage quality for Washington State and Walla Walla Valley based on production size and average temperature throughout the growing year.


Cool Temperature | Small Size

2019

More acidity and structured flavors in red wines. Good vintage for white wines.


Average Temperature | Large Size

2018

Overall good vintage. Long season with an early start and hot weather in July and August, but cooled enough to not let sugar levels get out of control by harvest.


Average Temperature | Small Size

2017

Overall good production. Reduced crop volume related to late bud break. Fortunately ripening accelerated to normal with hot summer temperatures.


Average Temperature | Large Size

2016

Early start to season because of warm spring temperatures. Good for red wines. Rushed picking for white wine varieties because of accumulated heat.


Hot Temperature | Small Size

2015

Hottest year in decade. Heat spikes and reduced yields. Physiological ripeness was challenging. Expect awkward tannins in reds. Watch for flabby white wines.


Hot Temperature | Large Size

2014

Hot, but no major heat spikes. Generally softer tannins and fruity flavors in red wines. White wines with reduced acidity.


Average Temperature | Large Size

2013

An accelerated vintage because of heat spikes. Fortunately, temperatures dropped in harvest and was ideal for those who waited. Generally good quality for red wines.


Cool Temperature | Average Size

2012

Warmer than 2011 and 2010 but generally a very balanced year. Generally, acidity levels were high and sweetness balanced, producing wines with balanced alcohol.


Cool Temperature | Small Size

2011

A severe winter freeze in Walla Walla and Horse Heaven Hills damaged vines resulting in a smaller vintage. Red wines have high acidity and age-worthiness. Good year for white wines.


Cool Temperature | Average Size

2010

Coldest year in a decade. Ripening was very slow and producers had to reduce yields to get desired ripeness levels. Good year for white wines. Red wines have higher acidity and will age well.


Historic Timeline

Long before Walla Walla Valley was known for wine it was a gathering place for tribes peoples who benefited from the regions grasslands.