The Walla Walla Valley is one of five global finalists for Wine Enthusiast magazine’s Wine Region of the Year award.
Other finalists are Mosel, Germany; Sicily, Italy; Sonoma County, Calif.; and Stellenbosch, South Africa.
Walla Walla, which has 30,000 residents, contains more than 120 wineries.
“There’s also dozens of well-respected vineyards,” Wine Enthusiast editors say, noting that the area is “the center of winemaking and wine tourism in Southeastern Washington.”
The region was also a finalist in 2012 and 2015 but didn’t win either time. Winners will be recognized in Wine Enthusiast’s December issue.
Sunset Magazine recently named Walla Walla its “Best Wine Town for 2018.”
Walla Walla’s wine industry was responsible for almost 2,500 jobs and sales of $430 million in 2018, according to an economic impact report published in April.