The experience all aspects of Walla Walla’s wines, Walla Walla offers a wide selection of festivals that highlight all aspects of wine including tastings and appreciation of the wine making process. Visit the Events in Walla Walla page for all the dates and event details.
Spring Release Weekend is an event that focuses on the first release of new vintages. Winemakers are present to showcase their new wines and to share their creative vision with visitors. Visitors to this event are the first to enjoy the new vintages and will have the opportunity to take home a new selection of wines before they are shipped out to stores and restaurants. Every winery that opens their doors shows off their own personality featuring art displays, music and even special foods paired for the tastings.
The first weekend in December gets the locals and their tourists in the mood for the holidays with the annual Barrel Tasting Weekend. The annual fall crush is over and the wines are put away in the barrels for a long winter’s nap. Winemakers are available showing tourists the new vintages to come with tastes of the wines right from the barrel. Each participating winery celebrates the weekend featuring special holiday touches and decor, and of course their wines.
Another event that is not to be missed is Vintage Walla Walla. Like Spring Release Weekend, Vintage Walla Walla focuses on local wines but instead of showcasing new releases, the event showcases on vintages from 2001 and before. Vintage Walla Walla includes cooking demonstrations by local chefs, educational classes, tours, seminars and vineyard picnics where the food is prepared exclusively by local chefs. The event also offers a lecture from a leading terroir expert and a panel of local winegrowers. Tickets are required through the Walla Walla Valley Wine Alliance.