Woodward Canyon Winery
Woodward Canyon Winery
4.5
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10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
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10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
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Located in the Walla Walla Valley appellation of Washington State, Woodward Canyon Winery was started in 1981 by Rick Small and his wife, Darcey Fugman-Small. They have since been joined by the second generation, Jordan Dunn-Small and Sager Small. Since the beginning, the winery has consistently produced premium,age-worthy, award-winning cabernet sauvignons and merlots as well as chardonnays. Woodward Canyon's second label, Nelms Road, is also available at the winery. Governor Inslee recently announced additional restrictions to help slow the spread of COVID-19 in Washington State. Due to changes in restrictions for service, as of November 18, 2020, we will be postponing all onsite wine tasting. We will continue to keep our “Visiting” page on woodwardcanyon.com updated with the most up to date details for our winery operations and are available by phone to answer any questions if you are planning a visit. We will also keep you aware of any changes in our upcoming newsletters.
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Cari S
Eden, UT20 contributions
Aug 2021
It had been 17 years since my husband was here. It stood out then and it still does. Even after many wine club memberships throughout California over the years, Woodward Canyon still shines above. We found all of their vintage wines to be excellent. The outdoor seating in the grassy garden was a perfect setting and Steve provided us with his knowledge of the wines as well as some comic relief which always promotes good wine tasting. We will be back!
Written August 11, 2021
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HoorayForTrips
34 contributions
Sep 2021 • Couples
What an excellent stop! The setting is lovely and the staff was great! We started in the gardens which was peaceful then moved inside when the landscapers showed up late to the staffs dismay but it was no big deal at all! Everything was good and the tasting felt abundant. We ended up liking so many things we had to ship it home! They let us leave our car to walk next door where our next appointment was and upon our return to the lot we got to see grapes going into the press. We even got to try a couple fresh!
Written September 12, 2021
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BoulderIllini
Boulder, CO53 contributions
Jul 2021
We arrived shortly after 10 AM and were greeted by Terry, who showed us to a seating in their beautiful grounds. The wines were great, Terry knew a great deal about the wines and the winery, and it was exactly what a good wine tasting should be.

We love the more informal tastings, where you don't need reservations and the focus isn't on a restaurant-like setting with gourmet food, but instead on tasting wine and learning about the wines, vineyards, and the local area. This place excelled in all those areas.

The only negative isn't with this specific winery, but the Walla Walla wine region in general. While the wines (especially the reds) were superb, they are not inexpensive. But the cost of a few bottles of wine to take with us more than made up for the great experience here.

This is how wineries should do tastings.
Written July 31, 2021
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uncvcutraveller
Riverside, IA428 contributions
Sep 2021
Thoroughly enjoyed every single wine i tasted. I thought the best was the "pizza" wine which was made from local grapes but from diffrent parts of the wine region. The ambience, the hosts, and the guests made all the difference. What a way to end my wiine tasting trip!!!!! I am also impressed that they are able to sell its wine all the way to Georgia. That is awesome.
Written September 11, 2021
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IKE48
Holland, MI741 contributions
Jul 2022
Expectations were blown away with the quality of the wine and excellent experience. Don't let the rating of 2 of 3 in Lowden fool you if you don't know the area. One of the top in the entire Walla Walla region. GREAT price points and offer FREE shipping on your order.
Written July 15, 2022
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Adventure65725253451
5 contributions
Sep 2022
This is a small locally owned winery and it is wonderful. The wines are amazing and the tasting was great. It was a beautiful spot for our picnic. We had a large group and they treated us great. The wines were so good that shipping home to NC occurred!
Written September 8, 2022
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Boiseagent4u
Idaho47 contributions
May 2022
My husband and I were in Walla Walla for just one day and only had time for 2 wineries. We had planned on a different winery but decided to give this one a try as we had never heard of it. I am not sure how we have never heard of this wonderful winery.
We ordered almost every wine on the offering. The white was wonderful as were the reds.
Don't miss this gem! It is worth the time.
Written May 18, 2022
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C C
Seattle, WA25 contributions
On our first wine tasting trip to Walla Walla, Woodward Canyon was our favorite. In our case, the tasting room worked out quite well -- we had wanted to try several of their wines for a number of years but did not know where to start and were reluctant simply to experiment due to the prices. Also, I think it is nice to experience new wines at the tasting room -- they are ideally presented and it creates a memorable experience. So we put off experimenting with their list until we could visit. After visiting, we were impressed and and have been enjoying various of their wines ever since.

Woodward Canyon is a famous winery in the Northwest. After winning a number of awards in the 1990s it was on the edge of becoming a cult wine, but decided instead to take a more relaxed and approachable path -- no allocations, no list, just top notch wines year after year. I find their best wines to be Cabernet Sauvignon and Cab blends, but they have a wide range of wines whose prices range from the $teens to $70s. They are also experimenting with a variety of red varietals such as Dolcetto and Barbera, which are very enjoyable.

The Cabernets (my favorites) are highly structured and nicely oaked. However, they tend to be very tight on release and typically benefit from several years' aging. Their 2002 Artist's Series (around $45) is starting to show nicely, while 2003 is tasty but needs significant air. In my opinion, it's still too early for their 2000 and later Old Vines series (their upper-end Cab, at around $70). But then this is a travel review, not a wine blog.

The tasting room is in a small house next door to the L'Ecole No. 41 schoolhouse, so it is very convenient to visit both wineries in a single stop. The tasting room is small and offers not only their main line wines (such as the Artist Series Cabernet) and more affordable second label (Nelms Road, around $20), but also tastes wines that are only available from the winery, such as a table red (under $20).

I'd regard it as a must-stop destination for any Walla Walla wine tasting trip. Even if it didn't fit your taste or pocketbook, it is a great benchmark for comparing other wines.
Written July 5, 2007
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tch4fun2019
6 contributions
Oct 2019
Our first stop was Woodward Canyon Winery and we enjoyed tasting their Estate Sauvignon Blanc and then moved on to four reds. You bet I bought a bottle or two! Terry was friendly, informative and didn't let our glass stay empty. It was wonderful!
Written October 15, 2019
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Thank you! We have passed your kind comments on to Terry - he’s a gem.
Written October 18, 2019
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busconi
Wenatchee, WA5,292 contributions
Apr 2018 • Couples
Right next door to L'Ecole is Woodward Canyon Winery. When we are driving into Walla Walla we always stop here in Lowden to visit both wineries. Woodward Canyon tasting room is in a small home...the atmosphere is laid back and quaint. Very nice wines and very knowledgeable staff. Definitely stop here.
Written May 7, 2018
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Thank you! We look forward to your next visit.
Written May 8, 2018
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