#1 South of Walla Walla

Pepper Bridge Winery

1. It’s a mere 10-minute drive from the center of Walla Walla to Rasa Vineyards and our No. 9 Overall, but that’s far enough to find sweeping vistas and a picturesque old-timey tractor. 4122 Powerline Rd, Walla Walla, 509-252-0900; rasavineyards.com • By appointment only

2. South of Walla Walla and less than a mile from Oregon, Pepper Bridge Winery pours the No. 3 Merlot in a quaint beige tasting room with a view of the Blue Mountains and the winery’s own vineyards. 1704 J. B. George Rd, Walla Walla, 509-525-6502; pepperbridge.com 

3. The ultramodern tasting room at Amavi Cellars has a broad porch facing vineyards, the Blue Mountains, and sister winery Pepper Bridge; inside, the No. 2 Varietal White and No. 5 Sense of Place are poured at a large zinc bar. 3796 Peppers Bridge Rd, Walla Walla, 509-525-3541; amavicellars.com

4. There are five wines poured per tasting at Waters Winery, and that’s a good thing since they have our No. 10 Varietal White, No. 3 Cabernet Sauvignon, and No. 1 Food Friendly—for that last one, you’ll want to pack snacks for Waters’s green picnic grounds. 1825 aJ. B. George Rd, Walla Walla, 509-525-1590; waterswinery.com

5. Taste the No. 9 Syrah from the sunny patio at Dusted Valley Vintners and consider joining its wine club, awesomely named the Stained Tooth Society. 1248 Old Milton Hwy, Walla Walla, 509-525-1337; dustedvalley.com 

 

Crash The suites at Girasol Vineyard and Inn each feature a vineyard--front patio and a rainfall showerhead in the bathroom. Hot breakfast is served daily. 250 Girasol Ln, Walla Walla, 509-956-9743; casagirasol.com

Refuel Our wine list generally stays on this side of the state line, but your stomach doesn’t have to—
the Bank and Grill Catering Co. in Milton-Freewater, Oregon, is just four miles south of the border and serves hardy, meaty dinners. 601 N Main St, Milton-Freewater, Oregon, 541-429-3323; getgrill.com