OUR PHILOSOPHY

We strive to create exceptional wines that are true to the terrior, varietal and vintage. Wines that have a sense of time and place, and are a product of our core values. Balboa Winery is located in the Walla Walla Valley, and our winemaking brings together the exceptional quality of our vineyards and our environment with the passion of our dedicated (and well-educated) team. We then seek to cultivate a wine-tasting experience that allows the customer to appreciate everything that went into these wines, and our own dedication to creating them.


Our Winemaking

We believe that great wines are created in the vineyard, so this is where our winemaking begins. Sustainable growing practices are coupled with exacting hand labor to keep our vines in healthy and balanced. Our winemakers Tom and Tyler work hand in hand with the vineyard management team in order to make sure that every part of the wine making process is well-synchronized. All of our grapes are hand-picked and hand-sorted before we begin the process of de-stemming and crushing. Each vineyard block is crushed and fermented separately, to preserve the unique characteristics of that fruit, and the integrity of our vineyards.

All of our wines are fermented in small open-top stainless steel fermenters. During primary fermentation, the grapes are manually punched down twice a day, to ensure that the skins remain in contact with the juice. We closely monitor the fermentation process, taking measurements several times a day to ensure that the fermenting wine is handled correctly.

Next, we gently press our wines into French oak barrels, for secondary fermentation. We use a balance of new and neutral French oak, depending on the grape varietal, the vintage conditions, and the terroir of that particular block in order to highlight the natural merits of each lot of fruit.

When secondary fermentation is complete, we usually rack the wine off of the lees, and return them to barrel for aging. For blends, we conduct the blending process after another 12 months of aging in order to ensure the accuracy of our blends, then we return the wines to barrel to marry until bottling.

Our wines typically spend 16-22 months in barrel, although some will stay much longer. After bottling, our wines are only released when we feel that they are ready for consumption.


Our Story

Balboa Winery a small boutique winery located in the Walla Walla Valley. Balboa was founded in 2005, with the belief that the Walla Walla Valley is capable of producing the finest wines in the world. We have incredibly small production, sourcing 95% of our grapes from our estate vineyards, located in the “Rocks District” of Milton Freewater. Our winery is run by a small, close-knit, and dedicated group of people who work together to produce the finest wines possible. As we have incredibly small production,¬†joining our Ringside Club is the best way to ensure access to our wines. We encourage you to visit our tasting room, where we strive to provide an exceptional wine tasting experience for our guests.


OUR KEY PEOPLE

Our winery is operated by a small team of highly dedicated individuals, each of whom brings unique skills and personality to Balboa. MEET THEM HERE>>


OUR FACILITY

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Next to the fruit, the most important part of our winemaking process is our facility itself! Our winery is located in the idyllic south end of the Walla Walla Valley, near the Oregon border. Set at the base of Pepper Bridge Vineyard, guests enjoy sweeping views of the Blue Mountains to the east. Our rustic series of (fully refurbished) barns provide both an ideal facility for producing our wines, and a pastoral ambiance in which to enjoy them! We feel that it’s important for guests to experience where our fruit comes from and the space in which we make our wine in order to understand what goes into it, and our winery allows them to do so!


OUR TASTING ROOM

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Come see us at our tasting room on the southside of Walla Walla! We’re open daily from 10:00 AM to 4:00 PM and pour a rotating selection wines which are selected to showcase our winemakers’ dexterity and the various vineyards and techniques at our disposal. Wines are also available for purchase by the glass to enjoy on our outdoor patio.

Our tasting fee of $10 is waived with a purchase of $50 or more.  To ensure we have space and staff available to accommodate large groups, reservations are required for groups of 8 or more and tasting fees are non-refundable. To make a reservation for your group, please call us at 509-529-0461.


Accolades

Our winemakers, Tom and Tyler, have produced many well-awarded wines! These award-winning wines are marked in their descriptions, but for a more complete list of Balboa’s award-winners, click here!


OUR DOG POLICY

Our winery is home to 7 free-ranging dogs, who would love you to come visit with them. Because of the large number of dogs here, and because this is their home, we politely request that you do not bring your own canine friends! Our dogs are incredibly friendly but they are occasionally very loud, and meeting new dogs- although exciting for our pack- can disrupt the wine tasting experience. Thank you!