“The historic, tree-lined farming community of Walla Walla, until recently best known for its sweet onions, has quickly become the epicenter of Washington wine tourism.” -Wine Enthusiast Magazine, naming Walla Walla one of the 10 Best Wine Travel Destinations (worldwide).
Often referred to as the “breadbasket” of the state, the landscape east of the Cascade Mountain Range is filled with wheat fields that almost glow with their vibrant green hue in the spring; shimmering, golden ocean waves of these same fields in the warmer summer and fall months; and great expanses of apple and cherry orchards dotting the landscape from the northern border, down to Oregon in the south. And then there’s the wine…
Washington is the second largest producer of wine grapes in the US. The weather is dry and temperatures are much warmer on the east side of the state where most of the grapes are grown versus the wetter, west side. And with 13 distinct American Viticultural Areas, Washington State has some serious diversity in soil types, topography, microclimates, and wine touring regions.
Our Taste Vacation in Washington is a two-night, three-day tour based from the historic town of Walla Walla. Walla Walla is a farming town whose tourism is now centered on wine – the downtown will charm the pants off any visitor.
Washington state isn’t Napa. It isn’t the Willamette Valley. It is it’s own, unique grape growing region with a tradition of making wines that make a lasting impression on those lucky enough to drink them and a local culture that makes for an outstanding Taste Vacation.