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America's Best Wine Region 2021

Walla Walla Valley is a Three-peat Winner: ‘Best Wine Region’

For the third consecutive year, the Walla Walla Valley has been named America’s Best Wine Region in the USA Today 10Best Readers’ Choice Awards, following a month-long vote of the public. A finalist in the competition each of the last five years, and now a ‘three-peat’ winner in the category, the Walla Walla Valley prevailed over 19 other finalists chosen by a panel of experts from among 250 U.S. wine regions.

Long Shadows Vintners - America's Best Tasting Room

In addition to the Walla Walla Valley’s first place win in Best Wine Region category, Long Shadows Vintners, after taking 3rd and 4th the proceeding two years, secured the top spot on the podium for the Best Wine Tasting Room category.

“I can think of no better way to honor wines from Washington and Northeast Oregon in general, and the Walla Walla Valley specifically, than being recognized by a vote of the public as America’s Best Wine Region for three years running,” said Robert Hansen, executive director of Visit Walla Walla and Walla Walla Valley Wine. “It’s a great way to celebrate Washington Wine Month [August], and is a testament to the outstanding terroir, meticulous craftsmanship, and the individuals who are committed to elevating the Walla Walla Valley from both a wine production and tourism perspective.” 

Although wine is certainly a selling point for Walla Walla, the small town of Southeastern Washington is known for more than its world-class grapes and award-winning wineries. From its charming and historic downtown to its neighborly community, creative culinary scene, and abundance of arts, culture, and recreation, Walla Walla stands out as a must-visit destination in 2022.

Start planning your visit to America’s Best Wine Region by checking out our lodging partners, or by virtually exploring the individual districts that make up Walla Walla Valley’s wine scene through the featured itineraries below.

The Downtown Wine District 

Escape to the East Side

South Side District Wineries