Travelling to Walla Walla Valley
People don't just stumble into Walla Walla Valley. You have to make an effort to get there. That's why it's so unique.
If you enjoy road tripping, it's worth driving from Portland or Seattle. If you do, you'll get to see the drastic landscape change from lush, northwest mountains to arid rolling hills in Eastern Washington.
Here are a few tips on travel within the area:
- Expect to Drive Make sure you have a designated driver or hire a touring service.
- Getting Around It's easy. It only takes about 30 minutes to drive from one side of Walla Walla Valley to the other.
- Laid-Back Vibe Despite the fact that several of Washington's highest rated wineries are here, Walla Walla Valley has a pragmatic, outdoorsy farm country vibe.
Some tasting tip for the wise.
Basic Tasting Etiquette: Follow the 4-step tasting method where you look, smell, taste and take notes. It's pretty common to see experienced tasters use a spitoon while tasting and pour remaning tastes into a dump bucket before moving on. If you're sensitive to alcohol try this out, it's a great way to stay sharp.
What To Wear: Walla Walla Valley is all about comfort. If you're going to a winery be sure to wear closed toed shoes with grip because working winery floor get slippery. And please, no perfume or strong smelling lotions. These ruin the aromatic experience.
Make Reservations: If you're traveling to wineries outside of the Downtown and Airport districts be sure to call ahead and let them know. Definitely make reservations for parties of 6 or more.
Hydration is Key: It's smart to bring a water bottle with you while tasting and stay hydrated. Wineries are happy to refill them.
Note About Pets: Walla Walla Valley ordinances do not allow pets into tasting rooms. Many wineries have shaded outdoor areas with water for leashed pets. Call ahead to be sure.