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Wine

Visit local tasting rooms to sample the wines produced from the grapes grown within the acclaimed Walla Walla Valley Appellation. Every tasting room dotted throughout the region has its own personality reflective of the wines crafted by their expert winemakers. You may not know that Milton-Freewater is also home to Blue Mountain Cider Co., one of the largest cideries in Oregon.

Blue Mountain Cider Co. and the Watermill Winery tasting room sits in the heart of Milton-Freewater in the beautifully restored, historic Watermill Building. Owned and operated by the Brown family, farming is a longstanding tradition now reaching into the third generation. The tasting room welcomes guests to sample Watermill’s superlative estate wines and enjoy a unique experience as it also hosts the tasting room for the cidery. One of only 100 craft cideries in North America, and one of approximately six cideries in Washington and Oregon, Blue Mountain Cider Co. produces award-winning, hand-crafted hard apple and other fruit ciders utilizing local apples exclusively.Zerba Cellars, also a family operated winery, offers a selection of fine crafted, award-winning wines from their own vineyard served in their unique tasting room. Zerba Cellars has the distinction of being one of the first wineries in Milton-Freewater and recently earned the title 2011 Pacific Northwest Winery of the Year, awarded by Wine Press Northwest. This distinctive honor was earned from a field of 1,200 wineries in Oregon, Washington, Idaho and British Columbia. Zerba Cellars also offers wine tasting in their Woodinville, WA and Dundee, OR locations, all three locations are open seven days a week.

Wine Vineyards

Milton-Freewater is also home to Don Carlo Vineyard, one of the many vineyards gracing the rolling hills surrounding the community. Owned by Tim and Lori Kennedy, previously an apple orchard, this cobbly loam vineyard is now producing estate bottled varieties including Chardonnay, Merlot, Cabernet Sauvignon, Cabernet Franc and Rose. Tim is the founder of Tim’s Cascade Style Potato Chips, now retired and making wine with his wife Lori, family and friends. The Don Carlo name is a tribute to Lori’s grandfather who immigrated to the U.S. from Calabria, Italy and was known as a great hobby winemaker, producing award-winning wines among his friends and family. On-site “Wine Tasting and Potato Chip” tours are by appointment only by calling 509-540-5784, or you can visit their Walla Walla tasting room in the Marcus Whitman Hotel, Thursdays through Saturdays.

Enveloped in Walla Walla viticultural history, Tero Estates focuses on Cabernet, Cab Franc and Merlot off their estate vineyard, Windrow Vineyard, the oldest commercially planted vineyard in the Walla Walla Appellation. Owners Doug and Jan Roskelley relocated in 2007 when they found this little slice of heaven where they could enjoy rural living and winemaking at its finest. Doug’s winemaking skills and knowledge, coupled with Windrow’s fabulous old vines, makes for a perfect marriage to produce fine vintage, award-winning wines. Wine tours are available by appointment. Call 541-203-0020 or visit their tasting room in the Marcus Whitman Hotel in Walla Walla. Hours of operation can be found on their website.

Flying Trout Wines is a bihemispherical winery focused on Malbec. Winemaker Ashley Trout has been making her annual trek to the Argentine harvest each year since 2004. Everything Flying Trout produces has Malbec in it from five different American Viticultural Areas as a blend or a varietal, except for a white wine – a Torrontes from Argentina. Ashley moved the winery and production facility to join forces with Tero Estates in 2010. A tasting of Flying Trout Wines is available during wine tours of the Tero Estates facility or in the Marcus Whitman tasting room. Two wine makers; two labels, one winery. Cheers!

grapes

Tulpen Cellars wines are beautiful, complex wines produced from the valley’s finest grapes. Veteran vineyard managers and winemakers Ken Hart and Rick Trumbull use their 50 plus years of experience to hand select grapes grown in the most sought after vineyards in the Walla Walla and Columbia valleys. Only the finest blocks of fruit from each vineyard are used to make the luscious and elegant wines produced each year. Tulpen Cellars wines can be enjoyed during special valley events and wine tasting weekends. To find out more information, visit their website.

All of the wineries offer websites where detailed information can be found and their wines can be purchased. See the Member Directory in the back of this publication for complete contact information.

Complementing the delicious wines and ciders of the Valley is Petits Noirs, a boutique chocolatier specializing in chocolate creations inspired by the area’s fresh produce and fine wines. Petits Noirs’ chocolates are handmade, using only the finest ingredients. The boutique offers distinctive chocolate products, including boxed truffles, chocolate marmalades, hot chocolate and toffee, along with fine teas. Private tasting classes are available by appointment, welcoming guests to take in the wonderful world of chocolate.

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