Washington’s best kept secret is out. SuiteBird travelers + Walla Walla = wine lover’s paradise! Boasting over 100 wineries and 2,800 acres of grapes, this charming town will tempt your wine-tasting buds while offering stunning views of mountains, vineyards, and farmland.

With so many wineries, you may find it difficult to even begin whittling down the list. One of

the best ways to capture the spirit and “spirits” of Walla Walla is to attend the annual spring

release weekend in May or the fall release weekend in November. Popular tasting rooms

showcase their latest releases with live music, food, and wine pairings. No matter what time of

year, there’s several professional wine tours with shuttle service — another great way to

experience Walla Walla wineries and tasting rooms.

If you’re just looking for a taste of wine life in Walla Walla while spreading your visit over other

attractions like museums, golf courses, parks, and historic sites, we’ve done the whittling for

you. While you’ll be hard-pressed to find a winery you won’t love, here are five unique ones

you don’t want to miss:

L’Ecole No. 41 Get schooled in wine at L’Ecole N° 41 winery. Set in a historic schoolhouse — the same one pictured on their

labels — L’Ecole No. 41 was the third winery established in Walla Walla. This

third-generation, family-owned winery has made Wine & Spirits’ list of Top 100 Wineries for

over ten years. Visitors love the hospitality of the owners and learning about the history of the

land and building.

Charles Smith Wines & K Vintners

Sip spirits in an old auto repair warehouse with a rock-and-roll vibe. You’ll love the stories

behind this former band manager’s wines and iconic black-and-white labels. From a tribute to

“Boom Boom,” his first love lost, to a witty response to the wine movie, “Sideways,” it’s a

delightful experience. Charles Smith Wines was named Winery of the Year by Wine and Spirits

magazine, and Charles Smith has been awarded Winemaker of the Year by Seattle Magazine,

Food & Wine Magazine, and Wine Enthusiast.

Foundry Vineyards

Foundry Vineyards marries art and wine with grounds that include a sculpture garden, art

gallery, and tasting room. You can even catch a yoga class at the art gallery twice a week. This

family-owned winery, operated by a brother-and-sister team, prides itself on both a creative

setting and a creative wine-making process. Foundry Vineyards uses a mix of methods to make

wines in a range of styles, including partially fermented sparkling wine and unoaked

chardonnay.

Va Piano Vineyards

The only thing that rivals the exquisite taste of the wine is the spectacular backdrop of this

Walla Walla winery. Sit outside and enjoy peaceful views of rolling vineyards, or stretch out by

the fire and catch glimpses of workers bringing in grapes for crushing. Visitors rave about the

syrah and cab. The views and vino are not to be missed here. Spring Valley Vineyard Tasting Room

Sip on wine in Spring Valley’s downtown tasting room while learning the rich history behind the

land that the Derby and Corkrum families have farmed for over a century. Be sure to sample

their limited production wines, all bearing names of family members who struggled and

succeeded in farming the land where the vineyard sits. Complete the experience with a tour

and tasting of the ranch and vineyard, about 20 minutes from downtown.