Walla Walla Valley Named One Of Five Global Finalists For Wine Enthusiast Wine Region Of The Year Award  — press release


September 14, 2015


Ron Peck, Visit Walla Walla, 509-525-8799, rpeck@

Justin Yax, DVA Advertising & PR, 541-389-2411, justin@dvaadv.com

(WALLA WALLA, Wash.)—The Walla Walla Valley has once again found itself in elite winemaking company, having been named one of five global finalists for the Wine Enthusiast 2015 Wine Region of the Year award, part of the publication’s 16th Annual Wine Star Awards. Other finalists include Lodi, Calif., Marlborough, New Zealand, Russian River Valley, Calif., and Sicily, Italy.

In addition to being a finalist in the Wine Region of the Year category, the Walla Walla Valley also boasts finalists in two other categories: Winemaker of the Year (Christophe Baron; Cayuse Vineyards) and American Winery of the Year (Gramercy Cellars).

“It’s no secret that the Walla Walla Valley is home to some amazing winemakers, but to be recognized among such an elite list of global wine regions and to be acknowledged as a center for wine tourism further validates the quality of wines and the wonderful visitor experiences that are being cultivated in the Valley,” said Ron Peck, Executive Director of Visit Walla Walla.

In describing the qualifying attributes of the Walla Walla Valley, Wine Enthusiast editors noted, “With more than 2,800-planted acres and 160 wineries, this AVA splits over two states and is a center for wine tourism. It’s also home to arguably the finest Syrahs in the Pacific Northwest. The newly minted Rocks District of Milton-Freewater is the region’s first sub-AVA.”

Wine Star Award winners will be announced in Wine Enthusiast’s upcoming “Best of the Year” issue, and will be honored at a gala black-tie dinner in New York City on January 25, 2016. For more information on the Wine Enthusiast Magazine Wine Star Awards including a list of all finalists, please visit the Wine Star Awards site.

In addition to the Wine Enthusiast Wine Star Award nominations, Walla Walla was also recently named to a list of the world’s “10 up-and-coming wine regions” by CNN. Walla Walla was the only United States wine region to make the list, which also included destinations in the Czech Republic, Italy, Lebanon, Moldova, South Africa, and Australia. And Seattle Magazine’s 10th Annual Washington Wine Awards recently honored Walla Walla in a number of categories. Jean-Francois Pellet of Pepper Bridge Winery and Amavi Cellars was voted Winemaker of the Year, while Abeja’s 2012 Columbia Valley Cabernet Sauvignon was voted Red Wine of the Year, and the 300-acre Les Collines vineyard was voted Vineyard of the Year.