Walla Walla Valley Wine Month Pt 1

Walla Walla Valley Wine Month Pt 1

Bob Larson
Bob Larson
From the Ag Information Network, I’m Bob Larson with today’s Fruit Grower Report. Well, April is here and, in the Southeast corner of our state, that means it is Walla Walla Valley Wine Month.

Shelby Gillin, Communications Manager for the Walla Walla Valley Wine Alliance, says given when Wine Month began, this year’s celebration will be more “open” than the first three …

GILLIN … “So, we did start Walla Walla Valley Wine Month in April of 2020. So, this will be the 4th Annual Wine Month celebration. This year will be a bit more focused on events and in-person tasting than in some of the past Wine Months, so that is really exciting.”

So, why April? …

GILLIN … “First of all, April is just a wonderful time in the Walla Walla Valley. It is beautiful. The vines are starting to wake up and tasting rooms are starting to buzz with a bit more activity. So, it’s just a really exciting time in general.”

But, Gillin says given the fact that the Walla Walla AVA is on both sides of the Washingon-Oregon border, there’s another reason April made sense …

GILLIN … “Washington Wine Month is in March. Oregon Wine Month is in May. And, so much like our AVA, we thought that we should kind of be in between the two.”

And, Gillin says things really gets started this weekend …

GILLIN … “One thing to look out for is that Spring Kickoff Weekend, which is the first big wine weekend of the year. It’s always the first full weekend in April. So, this year, that is going to be April 7th through the 9th.”

Tune in tomorrow for more on Walla Walla Valley Wine Month.

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