Today’s blog post is written by Michelle Hunt of Bergevin Lane.
Admit it, a visit to wine country is on your to-do list. Whether you’re a first-time wine traveler, or a seasoned, tasting-room-sipping, vineyard-walking veteran, most of us who love wine are always thinking about which AVA we’re heading to next. So, why not Walla Walla!?
Here at Bergevin Lane Vineyards, we see dozens of wine-savvy travelers every week, some of whom have even “discovered us” at ABC stores! We enjoy hearing their wine journey stories, and we especially love hearing, “Why didn’t we come here before!?” Yes, it may take a little extra creativity to get here, but once you and your crew arrive, one of Fodor’s “10 Best Small Towns in America” will make you feel right at home.
The region has a rich agricultural history, with rolling hills crisscrossed with wheat, mustard, onions and vineyards. The backdrop of the Blue Mountains to the south and east make for a stunning contrast, and the sunsets across the windmill dotted fields sweeping west are sure to fill up your Instagram page.
Italian and French Canadian immigrants planted grapes in the Walla Walla Valley as early as 1850, and the onset of the gold rush in the 1860s brought about a surge in trade that has rarely slowed down, despite the town’s rural location. The unique geography of the valley, created by the nearly 2,000-year cycle of melting and flooding of glacial lake Missoula 13,000 years ago, is well-suited for grape-growing, with minimal annual rainfall and long, hot, sunny days in summer and fall. Fun fact: Walla Walla lies on latitude 46 N… the same latitude that runs between Burgundy and Bordeaux, in France (we hear they make some decent wine there, too).
Our winery visitors love that Walla Walla offers a rural setting combined with a vibrant downtown scene. We can host your group at our winery and tasting room, just a jog west of downtown, or we can show you our 20+ acre vineyard on land that’s been in the Bergevin family for 100 years. While it’s just a few minute’s drive from downtown, it feels
a million miles away, with views that go for miles. Sip on a glass of our luscious and bright Viognier while winemaker Dave Harvey explains the winemaking process in our barrel room, or enjoy the intoxicating aromas of our bold Moonspell Cabernet Sauvignon while walking the vineyard rows of Cab, Cab Franc and Merlot that will go into this year’s vintage. Either way, a visit with us will be fun, entertaining and informative, with great wines presented by friendly and knowledgeable folks.
With nearly two dozen other tasting rooms situated around downtown, a wine-savvy traveler can stay at the historic Marcus Whitman Hotel (nearly 100 years old) or the brand new Courtyard Marriott (1 year old) and have a full day of wine tasting, lunching and shopping without ever needing their car keys. Great dining opportunities abound, with everything from fine dining at Saffron Mediterranean Kitchen (a 6-time James Beard Best Chef Northwest finalist) to a stacked-high burger and local brew from the Mill Creek Brewpub.
Now that Wine Enthusiast magazine has named Walla Walla a “Ten Best Wine Travel Destination,” we expect more people will discover us, but until then, grab your crew and a few bottles of Bergevin Lane wines and start your planning! Why not Walla Walla!?
- Linen Sauvignon Blanc, $12.99
- Linen Red, $12.99
- Lovestruck Viognier, $22.99
- Calico Red Blend, $18.99
- Moonspell Cabernet Sauvignon, $29.99
Visit www.bergevinlane.com to learn more about the winery, the vineyards and the team behind these Walla Walla wines!