The Walla Walla Valley is once again in the running for a prestigious national award, this time seeking a repeat designation as “Best Wine Region” in the annual USA Today 10Best Readers’ Choice Awards. With just under two weeks to go in the competition, the Walla Walla Valley is currently in first place, just ahead of Texas Hill Country and California’s Temecula Valley. Visit Walla Walla and Walla Walla Valley Wine are asking the public to cast their daily vote in an effort to secure the top spot for the second year in a row.

“We are thrilled to see the Walla Walla Valley as a ‘Best Wine Region’ nominee for the fourth consecutive year,” said Robert Hansen, executive director of Visit Walla Walla and Walla Walla Valley Wine. “The Walla Walla Valley is not just about the wine, it’s about the people who work hard each day because they take pride in what they do and where they’re from. After such a challenging year, we are beyond thankful to be open and doing what we love; creating quality wine and unforgettable experiences.”

A panel of five wine industry experts selected 20 finalists for “Best Wine Region” before handing the vote over to the public. The results are now up to community members, as they can vote daily until the competition ends Monday, August 2 at noon.

Competing with more than 250 grape-growing wine regions in North America, the Walla Walla Valley is at the top of the list yet again. Just last year, the Walla Walla Valley won first place for “Best Wine Region,” as well as fifth place in 2018 and 2019.

In addition to the Walla Walla Valley’s nomination for “Best Wine Region,” Long Shadows Vintners is once again in the running for “Best Tasting Room” after receiving the same nomination in 2020. Voters can help Long Shadows win their rightful title as the “Best Tasting Room” in North America by clicking here.

If you’ve been yearning to venture out for a wine-tasting getaway, Walla Walla is the ultimate safety-conscious destination. Since early May of 2020, the Valley-wide Peace of Mind Pledge has been in place to provide an added layer of reassurance to visitors. Most of the region’s wineries, as well as destination lodging, restaurants, shops, and activities, are taking extra steps to ensure the health, safety, and enjoyment of the area’s bounties for visitors and locals alike. 

If you’ve visited, we appreciate you casting your vote for Walla Walla. And if you haven’t, make Walla Walla your year-round destination for fantastic wine and an unforgettable time. We’re the wine region so nice, you’ll want to visit twice.