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With Less Than Two Weeks Left to Vote, Walla Walla Valley Is on Track to Become “America’s Best Wine Region” for the Third Consecutive Year

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Walla Walla Valley currently sits atop the leaderboard in the 2022 USA Today 10Best Readers’ Choice Awards, public is encouraged to vote through July 18

(WALLA WALLA, Wash.) — With less than two weeks to go in the voting, the Walla Walla Valley is currently the top vote-getter for America’s Best Wine Region in the USA TODAY 10Best Readers’ Choice Awards.  Seeking an unprecedented three-peat in the category, Visit Walla Walla and Walla Walla Valley Wine continue to encourage the region’s wine lovers to vote in the annual competition.

“We are humbled once again by the outpouring of support we have received, particularly in light of the competition, which includes many of the country’s other iconic wine regions,” said Robert Hansen, executive director of Visit Walla Walla and Walla Walla Valley Wine. “If the first two weeks of voting are any indication, the Walla Walla Valley has a large and passionate fanbase. We hope those who love this region and its wines will continue the momentum over the final two weeks of voting.”

The honor of being crowned America’s Best Wine Region is entirely decided through public voting, which closes at 9 a.m. PDT on Monday, July 18. Anyone can cast their daily vote by visiting the Best Wine Region voting page here.

The Walla Walla Valley finds itself in familiar territory, having been recognized as America’s Best Wine Region in both 2021 and 2020. No region has ever won the honor for three consecutive years. The Walla Walla Valley is one of 20 finalists in 2022, marking the fifth straight year the region has made the final round of voting. 

In addition to the Walla Walla Valley’s position atop the “Best Wine Region” category, Long Shadows Vintners currently sits in second place in the “Best Tasting Room” category. The public can cast their vote to help push Long Shadows to the top of the list by visiting the Best Tasting Room voting page HERE

A panel of experts considered more than 250 grape growing wine regions in North America before selecting the 20 ‘Best Wine Region’ finalists. In addition to the 2022 Best Wine Region nomination from USA TODAY 10Best, the Walla Walla Valley has also received recent acclaim as one of Forbes’ 22 Best Places To Travel In The U.S. In 2022, as the West’s best Emerging Wine Route in the 2021 Sunset Travel Awards, and as one of the Top places to go in the west in 2022 from Fodor’s.

To learn more about the Walla Walla Valley and its award-winning wines and wineries, visit www.wallawalla.org or www.wallawallawine.com

About Walla Walla:
As the unofficial capital of 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 & entertainment scene that rivals cities many times its size. This community of just over 30,000 residents 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 can also be accessed via Alaska Airlines daily non-stop flights from Seattle. For more information and to begin planning a trip to Walla Walla, visit www.wallawalla.org.

About Walla Walla Valley Wine:
Walla Walla Valley Wine is a nonprofit wine industry membership organization whose primary mission is to build an internationally acclaimed Walla Walla Valley wine brand among consumers, media, and trade by providing marketing programs on behalf of member wineries, vineyards, and partners. Walla Walla Valley Wine functions as the leading informational resource for consumers, media, and trade interested in learning more about the Valley’s wine industry. For more information visit www.wallawallawine.com.

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