Three Rivers Winery

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Experience the essence of Walla Walla Wine Country at Three Rivers Winery. Here, you'll enjoy tastings of our award-winning ultra premium wines in a spectacular setting. Tour our state-of-the-art barrel room and cellar facilities which are approximately 14,000 sq. ft., browse our gift shop, or play the winery's three short holes of golf. With so much to do (and taste) at Three Rivers, your visit is sure to be unforgettable.

Location Description

Located in the heart of Walla Walla, Washington.

Features

  • Our award-winning ultra premium wines.

Additional Information

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Winemaker

Born and raised in McMinnville, Oregon, Holly Turner is Northwest to the core. “McMinnville was a great place to grow up. In many ways it was similar to Walla Walla – quiet, slow, relaxed.” She earned her bachelor's degree in biology from Western Oregon State College and began working in food science and quality assurance. “I started at a processing plant and cannery before joining a coffee company in Portland.”

It didn’t take long for the wine industry to beckon. “At some point while living in Portland I realized I really liked wine. I walked into the tasting room at Chateau Ste. Michelle and applied for a job. After a few months they moved me to the red winemaking facility to work in the lab. From the very first day, I loved everything about the job. They had me take a number of courses at Davis and then moved me up to winemaking.”

In addition to Chateau Ste. Michelle, Holly also worked at Bodega la Rural winery in Mendoza Argentina, an experience that triggered her interest in Malbec. “Our conditions are comparable to the best parts of Mendoza and our Malbecs share many of the qualities that make their wines so special intense aromas of blueberries and strawberries, lots of power and that wonderful juicy opulence that defines the grape.”

Over the last decade Holly has forged lasting relationships with growers throughout the region, giving her access to some of the best sites in the state. “Eastern Washington is one of the world’s great wine regions. Being so far north we receive more hours of sunlight during the summer months than appellations to the south. The extra light coupled with moderate temperatures and little rainfall ensures that our wines deliver great consistency, concentration and character.”

Under Holly’s direction, Three Rivers has earned dozens of scores above 90 points from the nation’s top writers and publications. When not at the winery Holly and her husband Andy keep busy with their three children and Austin Terrier named Vinny. On weekends you can find the family touring the streets of Walla Walla in their ‘61 pink Cadillac.

History

Since 1999 we have been producing handmade wines from the remote and arid Columbia Valley AVA in Eastern Washington. Our fruit comes from some of the region’s most prestigious vineyards including: Boushey, Weinbau, Bacchus, Champoux, Milbrandt, Klipsun and Seven Hills. Our style is defined by moderate alcohols, firm structures and varietal accuracy. Our wines are concentrated, ripe and juicy without being overblown or heavy handed.

Our name comes from three of the three most prominent rivers in Eastern Washington: Columbia, Snake, and Walla Walla.

In 1999, we broke ground on the 16-acre site that is now home to our 18,000 sq. ft. facility. Set atop a small knoll overlooking the surrounding vineyards and Mill Creek, the winery features peaceful views of nearby Whitman Mission and the Blue Mountains in the distance.

The interior of our winery is divided into two distinct areas. There is a 14,000 sq. ft. cellar and barrel room that is used for the production and storage of fine wines, and a 4,000 sq. ft. area that includes a tasting room, meeting room, and wine retail store. Just off the tasting room is a three-hole golf course for winery guests.

The tasting room features vaulted ceilings, a stone hearth fireplace and exposed timber trusses, adding a rustic feel to the contemporary exterior. The meeting room accommodates up to 75 people for business conferences and other group functions. In the adjacent tasting room and retail space, winery visitors can taste and purchase Three Rivers’ wines and merchandise. A spacious deck off of the tasting room is used for tastings and entertainment during the warm season.

Practices & Techniques

Every winemaker knows that great wines are made in the vineyard and that he or she should do everything possible to work with the vineyard owners to produce premium grapes. Winemaker Holly Turner has been fortunate to have worked with fruit from nearly all parts of the vast Columbia Valley Appellation, thus developing a winemaking philosophy which is well suited to our area.

Each growing area in the Columbia Valley has its own unique characteristics that contribute to making the wines distinctive. The French use the term “terroir,” which refers to the factors at each growing site that contribute to making the wines unique. These factors include the soil type, irrigation management, canopy management, cropping levels, and overall climate. Occasionally, the grapes from an individual vineyard will be of such superb quality that they warrant being bottled separate from other vineyards to showcase the resulting wine.

Holly strongly believes that the blending of grapes from several different vineyards will most often result in the most superb wines possible. At Three Rivers, we utilize blending to maximize wine quality whenever warranted. Blending of wines is analogous to cooking with herbs. When used alone, herbs can enhance the flavor of most foods, but when several herbs are used in combination they can result in a superb culinary dish.

Three Rivers uses grapes from many different areas within the Columbia Valley Appellation, including high quality vineyards in both the Lower Columbia and Walla Walla Valley sub-Appellations. Several of these vineyards were recently planted and will not produce a usable crop for several years. We continue to source grapes from a wide array of vineyards in several diverse geographic zones.

Estate Vineyards / AVA

Columbia Valley AVA:

Located in the central and eastern part of the state, the Columbia Valley AVA (American Viticultural Area) accounts for 99% of all wine produced in Washington. Stretching from Canada into Oregon, the 11,000,000-acre region features more than 40,000 acres of vineyards. The region’s northerly latitude, similar to Bordeaux and Burgundy, provides the Columbia Valley with two hours of additional sunlight during the summer months than California. There are eight smaller AVAs within the Columbia Valley: Yakima Valley, Red Mountain, Walla Walla, Horse Heaven Hills, Rattlesnake Hills, Lake Chelan, Snipes Mountain and Wahluke Slope. We currently harvest fruit from a number of celebrated sites in four of these AVAs. Here are brief overviews of a few of those regions.

Horse Heaven Hills:

Over the years we have sourced fruit from a number of wonderful sites in the Horse Heaven Hills AVA, most notably the Champoux Vineyard. The region borders the Yakima Valley to the north and the Columbia River to the south. As with most of the winegrowing regions in Eastern Washington, Horse Heaven Hills is buffeted by strong winds from the west throughout the growing season. This is a superb appellation for Cabernet Sauvignon and Merlot.

Wahluke Slope AVA:

The Wahluke Slope AVA has garnered high marks for its wines thanks to a handful of great growers including the Milbrandt brothers. The region is located north of the Columbia River and south of the Saddle Mountains. The warm, windy climate and porous soils make this a great spot for red Bordeaux and Rhone varieties.

Red Mountain AVA:

Red Mountain is the smallest AVA in Washington with only 4,040 acres, 600 of which are currently planted to vines. It is a sub-region of Yakima Valley, which is, in turn, a sub-region of the larger Columbia Valley AVA. The area has garnered international attention for its extraordinary Cabernet Sauvignons, Merlots, Cabernet Francs and Syrahs. Red Mountain is home to a number of Washington “cult” producers.

Walla Walla Valley:

As our home AVA, we have a special fondness for the Walla Walla Valley. While vines were first planted here in the 1840, Wall Walla’s reputation as a great wine producer began in earnest in the 1970s. Today it is home to some of Washington’s most respected producers. Cabernet Sauvignon dominates our plantings (41%), with Merlot (26%) and Syrah just behind (16%). Low rainfall, strong winds and large diurnal temperature swings ensure great concentration, structure and character in our wines.

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Hours

Daily from 10am - 5pm

Address

5641 Old Hwy. 12
Walla Walla, Washington 99362
United States

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