Walla Walla’s new businesses highlight the generosity of the valley
September 14 – (WALLA WALLA, Washington) – Walla Walla is so nice, they named him twice. Honored for the second year in a row as America’s Best Wine Region and boasting a thriving farm-to-table culinary scene, this chic rural town in central Washington has earned a reputation for continually building on its successes. rather than resting on its laurels. With its expansive landscape of wheat fields, vineyards and farmland, not to mention its commitment to health and safety, Walla Walla continues to delight and attract visitors with no less than 11 new businesses that opened in recent months.
Among the most notable were a new luxury winery, three new restaurants, three new tasting rooms and four other businesses, including an organized grocery store, an elevated general store, a craft showroom and an educational hop tour.
“It gives me great pleasure to see these new businesses open their doors,” says Robert Hansen, Executive Director of Visit Walla Walla and Walla Walla Valley Wine. “The common theme for these new ventures is a unified connection to the place and the community supporting the local landscape, the artisans and the history that makes Walla Walla so truly unique.”
Here is a list of some of the notable businesses that have opened their doors in Walla Walla in recent months:
Yellowhawk Resort (formerly Basel Cellars): Yellowhawk Resort is an 84-acre hillside retreat on the south side of Walla Walla. The resort has a sparkling cellar and tasting room with farm-to-table meals, a pool and cabanas, accommodation and event space for weddings, meetings and corporate retreats. As you walk through the gate and up the hill to the estate house, the elevated setting offers stunning views of wheat fields, lush vineyards below, and the Blue Mountains in the distance. The property was purchased in December 2020 by Pacific Northwest hospitality leaders Dan Thiessen, Chad Mackay, Scott Clark, Philip Christofides and Paul Mackay, and is part of the Revelers Club loyalty program. Winemaker George-Anne Robertson leads Yellowhawk’s sparkling wine program.
DINING ROOM AND RESTAURANTS
AK’s Mercado: One of Walla Walla’s best restaurants, Andrae’s Kitchen, which Food & Wine magazine’s Ray Isle described as “by far the best operating gas station restaurant in America,” recently moved into its own space on Main St. in the heart of downtown Walla Walla. Focusing on tacos, smoked meats and other street food, Mercado is inspired by Chef Andrae Bopp’s love for the cuisines of Oaxaca and New Orleans, among others, with an artisan cocktail program. hosted by local mixology legend Jim German. The place also offers various Pop-ups of Secret Squirrel Wine, Daylight Plant Co, Walla Walla Cheese Co. and others.
The Cuisine in Abeja: Those with a taste for life in the wine country have yet another reason to visit Abeja, a 38-acre historic Walla Walla farmhouse and home to the famous Abeja Vineyard and the bucolic inn in Abeja. The Kitchen at Abeja, which opened on July 13, offers a fine dining experience showcasing innovative winemaking cuisine and celebrating the seasonal bounty of the Pacific Northwest. Diners choose from a fixed-price five- or seven-course menu, as well as an optional wine pairing menu. Executive Chef Elodie Li, who returns to her home country after two years of cooking at two Michelin-starred restaurants in Provence, France, collaborates with Abeja winemakers Dan Wampfler and Amy Alvarez-Wampfler on the menus, put updated every week. Surrounded by vineyards and cellar gardens, The Kitchen at Abeja is a rich and refined wine experience.
The Kinglet at Whitehouse-Crawford (opening early 2022): Further on the horizon is The Kinglet at Whitehouse-Crawford, a new bistro in the historic Whitehouse-Crawford Planing Mill, by celebrity Seattle chef Maximillian Petty. Several James Beard semi-finalists, Petty’s menu will range from carefully selected items, which have built her reputation at Eden Hill, to a bar and lounge that will stay open later with a range of hefty snacks, including a pizza oven and an extensive cocktail program. .
Moonbase cellars: The Blue Mountains and the rolling wheat fields of Walla Walla prompted Laine and Drew Pauk to call the valley their home. That, and their desire to make wine with a straightforward approach in an ideal wine-growing climate. The philosophy of Moonbase Cellars is to find fantastic vineyards suited to a specific varietal, sourcing excellent fruit from major Walla Walla Valley wineries, including several locations in Milton’s coveted The Rocks District. -Freewater AVA. As for the name, Drew has always been fascinated by space. Although his dream of becoming an astronaut did not come to fruition, he managed to combine his love for wine and space with Moonbase Cellars.
Kinhaven Winery: This new small, family-owned winery and vineyard is perched on top of a scenic hill in the Southside Wine District in Walla Walla. The property, with 8 acres of Merlot, Cabernet, Carmenere and Malbec, enjoys breathtaking views of the Blue Mountains and is the perfect setting for family and friends to connect while tasting their carefully crafted wines. Purchased in 2019 by Terry and Lisa Davenport, who also own the newly renovated Boyer House. From vineyard dinners to weddings, the combination of Kinhaven Winery and Boyer House sets up for the perfect reunion of family and friends.
5 Dollar Ranch Brewing: Self-proclaimed “Walla Walla’s Best New Brewery of 2021,” this newcomer opened in June 2021. Located on the south side of town along the Oregon border on twelve acres of property agricultural, with a breathtaking view of the blue Mountains. An evolving menu of hop offerings is apt to appease the novice to the beer connoisseur. The location is suitable for both dogs and children. According to brewer and owner Josh Hulett, while he loves all of his beers, the Hazys are not to be missed.
Hoquetas Wine Society: Located in the Walla Walla Port wine incubator in the Walla Walla Airport district, Hoquetas Wine Co. opened in September 2021. Created by musician turned winemaker Robert Gomez and his family, the estate is focuses on the production of expressive wines. and representative of the region’s terroir. Hoquetus, a musical method where vocal parts alternate to create a single melody, testifies to Gomez’s musical approach to winemaking, where ingredients are carefully composed to create a melodious flow.
Runway Market: Located in the airport district of the Walla Walla wine region, Runway Market is a sparkling wine bar serving local bubbles. The market serves an assortment of food options including picnic boxes, paninis, flatbread pizzas, and various other takeout options. All tastings include complimentary gourmet popcorn. Cathy Bay and her husband opened Runway Market in 2021 in hopes of being a stop not only for bubbles and food, but also for laughter and celebration.
SPECIALTY, ACTIVITIES & OTHERS
Colville Showroom: The Colville Showroom was built in the 1930s as a showroom for auto sales in downtown Walla Walla. In October 2019, the Colville showroom underwent extensive renovations that revealed the beautiful bones of the structure, and from there the story began to blossom. A corner of downtown Walla Walla pays homage to local history to bring community together and celebrate with local artisans and vendors. Stores include TMACS, The Market by Andy’s, Wildlings Co. children’s store and many more.
Walla Walla General Store: A new store for home, kitchen and gifts founded by Jean Bender and Peggy Frasse. The store opened to locals and visitors on May 6, 2021. From small delicacies, such as penny candies, to housewares from manufacturers such as Simon Pierce, Walter G textiles, Riedel and Staub – there’s something for everyone. all tastes at the Walla Walla General Boutique. Much more than a simple sales space, the co-founders Jean & Peggy envision the store as a community space. After a successful summer art series, resident Allison Palmer will host a continuation of “Make for Joy” this fall. Weekly classes Monday through Wednesday will start in September and run through December.
Walla Walla Brews Cruise: Walla Walla is known for wine, but it’s also home to abundant craft beer and cider. Alongside thousands of hectares of vineyards, centuries-old wheat fields and orchards stretch across the valley. Generations of wheat farmers have made Walla Walla home and now support a growing community of brewers. Walla Walla Brews Cruise Tours are knowledge-based tours where you will learn about the process of beer brewing and cider making, with a guided discussion of different styles of alcohol.
Foodscape Walla Walla: Foodscape could technically be described as an online grocer, but it’s so much more. It is a place to acquire food, talk about food, or find meaning in food. It was started by Hannah MacDonald, a longtime chef, local influencer and prominent on the Walla Walla food scene over the past decade. Foodscape showcases the region’s richness, from food to all agricultural offerings: produce, meat and seafood. They also directly import hundreds of spices from around the world, as well as other specialty products like olive oil, seafood and vinegar. Foodscapes gives locals and visitors the tools they need to cook any kitchen under the sun.
About Walla Walla:
As the unofficial capital of the Washington wine country, Walla Walla is home to more than 120 wineries, a nationally recognized culinary scene, access to an abundance of outdoor recreation, and an arts and entertainment scene that rivals cities several times larger. This community of just over 30,000 inhabitants is known for many things, including its friendliness and hospitality, the quality of its wine, and of course the famous Walla Walla Sweet Onion. An easy and scenic four-hour drive from Seattle, Portland or Boise, Walla Walla is also accessible via daily non-stop Alaska Airlines flights from Seattle. For more information and to start planning a trip to Walla Walla, visit www.wallawalla.org.