If you haven't heard of Walla Walla, Washington yet -- the home of Nocking Point Wines -- it's time to pay attention. This small town we call home in the southeast corner of the state is quickly becoming one of the hottest wine regions in the country. And, as a 20 or 30-something wine explorer, you should definitely be paying attention.
First of all, Walla Walla has some majorly impressive terroir. No, we're not talking about a fancy way to say "soil", we're talking about the unique combination of soil, climate and topography that gives wine its distinct character. Walla Walla has a diverse range of soils, from rocky volcanic soils to rich alluvial soils, providing the perfect growing conditions for all types of grape varietals. Plus, the warm and dry climate with long summer days and cool evenings allows grapes to ripen fully while preserving their acidity. This unique terroir is what sets Walla Walla apart from other wine regions and gives its wines a distinct and ultra-premium quality flavors.
Another major perk of Walla Walla is the quality of grapes grown in the region. The region has a long growing season, which allows grapes to reach full maturity and develop complex flavors. Walla Walla is most-known for producing high-quality red wines, particularly Cabernet Sauvignon, Syrah, and Merlot. But don't sleep on the white wines, Walla Walla also produces some amazing Riesling and Chardonnay.
Each winery in Walla Walla is known with its own unique style and approach to creating wine experiences. They are known for their innovative production techniques and small-batch productions, which allows them to produce high-quality, limited-edition, hand-crafted wines. Plus, many of the wineries use sustainable farming practices and work closely with local farmers to produce some of the greatest grapes in the world. And, as a young and thoughtful wine lover, we know you care about sustainability and supporting local businesses.
But, Walla Walla isn't just about the wine. The town itself is a fantastic place to visit. It's known for its picturesque landscape, vibrant arts scene, live music downtown pretty much every evening and weekend, delicious food, farmers markets, and much more. Visitors who visit can dive into a true new world wine experience that will surprise you in many ways. And, you'll find that the prices are more welcoming than other wine regions on the West Coast and the people who make up our wine industry in Walla Walla are truly some of the nicest people you'll cross paths with anywhere. See you in Walla Walla!