Wander Walla Walla Valley Like a Local: Find Trip Itineraries to Plan the Perfect Fall Visit

by | Oct 4, 2022

Walla Walla has quickly become a top destination for wine lovers looking for a taste of Washington. Located in the southeast region of the state, the area is home to 120 wineries and almost 3,000 acres of planted grapes. With the highest concentration of wineries in the state, it’s no wonder it’s been consistently named America’s best wine region.

But with so many choices for great wineries to visit, not to mention the incredible food scene making strides in recent years, it can make planning a trip overwhelming. In that case, you can turn to recommendations from the locals.

Walla Walla Valley Wine, the nonprofit dedicated to marketing the Walla Walla American Viticultural Area just launched its Wander program for fall. In its sixth year, Wander Walla Walla Valley Wine shares custom itineraries for exploring the area. But instead of them being put together by one person, they’re developed by the winemakers who live and work in the Walla Walla Valley and know the area like the back of their hand.

“The Wander Walla Walla Valley Wine itineraries offer travelers something special – the opportunity to explore the wine region with the personal touch of recommendations from local winemakers,” says Liz Knapke, executive director of Walla Walla Valley Wine. “In addition to living like a local, guests get to experience wine country during one of the most beautiful seasons of the year. With the excitement of harvest and the leaves changing, fall is a wonderful time to wander the Walla Walla Valley.”

Each of the six itineraries, available October 1 through December 11, includes a full day’s schedule, starting with where to grab a quick coffee or big breakfast for the day. The itineraries list suggested times and locations for winery visits and tastings, along with where to grab lunch, dinner and drinks. They’re free to download from the Walla Walla Wine website, allowing you to make reservations and follow along as you wish.

Jason Fox and Todd Bernave from Lagana Cellars are dishing up some of the best culinary destinations in the region on their Good Eats & Drinks itinerary. Doug Frost of Echolands Winery will help you discover little and local gems throughout the valley. Trey Busch of Sleight of Hand Cellars is highlighting some of the most incredible landscapes and views in his Scenic Walla Walla itinerary, while Josh Roznowski of Smoky Rose Cellars is highlighting the winemakers in the region whose first career was serving in the military with his Veteran’s Guide to Walla Walla. Each of the six itineraries has a different theme focused on showcasing the magic of the Walla Walla Valley.

“There is no better way to experience the Walla Walla Valley than wandering through it with recommendations made for you by those who know it intimately,” says Knapke. “Taking part in this journey allows visitors to honor their interests, while discovering a few pleasant surprises along the way.”

Download your itineraries at wallawallawine.com/wander

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