Best Lesser Known Wine Region, Walla Walla
If you've taken a look at Budget Travel's most recent list of the top six wine regions in the country, you may have recognized one county, Walla Walla.
People from all over make a trip to the south-east corner of the state to get a taste.
A few wine tasters could not agree more with Walla Walla's ranking.
"I find this is wonderful for red wines and white wines. They're really balanced and i really enjoy them," said David Schlesinger, visiting from California.
Established in 1983, L'Ecole winery is the third oldest winery in the county.
L'Ecole's owner says this ranking is great news because the hard work and time they put into making quality wine should have more recognition.
"It's really cool," said L'Ecole owner, Martin Clubb. "Walla Walla deserves to be on the worldwide map."
In just two decades, Walla Walla county has gone from having a handful of wineries to more than 150 spread across the valley.
The Walla Walla Valley Wine Alliance, who handles much of the marketing says aside from quality and good tasting wine, Walla Walla wineries are good for their comradery.
"A lot of early wine makers realized working together we could help tell our story, with common objectives in mind. So that's one thing that's made walla walla special," said Duane Wollmuth, executive director of the Walla Walla Valley Wine Alliance.