Walla Walla Valley nominated for Wine Region of the Year
Named Wine Enthusiast 20th Wine Star Award Nominee
WALLA WALLA — A leading wine-industry brand is showing some love to Walla Walla Valley winemaking and tourism.
The area is a finalist for Wine Region of the Year in Wine Enthusiast’s 20th Annual Wine Star Awards.
Here’s how Wine Enthusiast described Walla Walla Valley in an announcement of the nominees:
The tree-lined farm and college community of Walla Walla may look quiet, but it’s the center of winemaking and wine tourism in Southeastern Washington. The Walla Walla appellation boasts more than 100 wineries, which include five thriving early arrivals: Leonetti Cellar, L’Ecole No 41, Seven Hills, Waterbrook and Woodward Canyon. There are also dozens of well-respected vineyards. The AVA spills over into Oregon, where the new Rocks District AVA is a hotbed of grape growing. The town of Walla Walla is packed with walkable tasting rooms and restaurants. It boasts one of the oldest symphony orchestras in the West, along with frequent blues and jazz concerts, and numerous art galleries.
The other nominees for Wine Region of the Year include Mosel, Germany; Sicily, Italy; Sonoma County, California and Stellenbosch, South Africa.
Washington state boasts another nominee, too. Quilceda Creek in Snohomish is up for the American Winery of the Year award.
A few Oregonians are also turning heads at Wine Enthusiast: Bertony Faustin of Abbey Creek Vineyard is nominated for Social Visionary of the Year and several Oregon winemakers who grouped together to help others affected by wildfire smoke are recognized as Innovator of the Year nominees.