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Forgeron Cellars - Downtown Walla Walla Winery & Tasting Room

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Thursday-Monday 11 - 5.30pm (closed major holidays) Winery Tours every Saturday at 1pm or by appointment. Groups of six or more should arrange an appointment to ensure an optimal experience (last appointment is 3pm daily).

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Forgeron Cellars' full-production winery is located in the heart of historic downtown Walla Walla, just four blocks from the Marcus Whitman hotel.

Founding winemaker, Marie-Eve Gilla was born and raised in Paris, and earned her Double Masters in Viticulture and Oenology at the University of Dijon. Forgeron is known for expressive white wines and complex, ageworthy reds.


Our Wines

  • Forgeron Cellars Zinfandel

    • Overview

    • Tasting Notes

    • Dark, deep, and sensuous with big, soft tannins. NOSE: licorice, cloves, fresh mixed berries, toasty oak, red cherry, figs, rosebud, sea breeze, dark chocolate, raisins. MOUTH: allspice, cinnamon, cocoa, mixed fresh berries, pipe tobacco, dried fruits, sweetness, chocolate mousse. PAIR: Medium rare grilled steak with melted Gorgonzola. Since first taking a chance on Washington Zinfandel when we started the winery in 2001, this wine has come to be what we would consider a cult classic. With a dedicated, passionate fan-base that continually requests our Zinfandel and waits in anticipation for each new release, we are thrilled that winemaker Marie-Eve was so determined to persevere in making Zinfandel here in Washington where grape ripening can be problematic and growing requires expertise, patience, and a lot of heart. Because of the difficultly growing good Zinfandel, we are limited to only a few sites throughout the State, thus requiring that we keep production to just a c

      • Zinfandel
      • $20 - $30
      • Columbia Valley
      • Alder Ridge Vineyard
  • Forgeron Cellars Merlot

    • Overview

    • Tasting Notes

    • 90 POINTS, Wine Advocate (Jeb Dunnuck). Lush, juicy, and ripe. with a hint of spice, a balanced, food-friendly wine. NOSE: rich earth, black cherries, hints of black pepper. MOUTH: dark berries, spiced plums, rich pomegranate, undertones of spice, Northwest minerality, tobacco. PAIR: Red-wine braised lamb, grilled beef tenderloin, roasted duck breast. Our 2012 Merlot is a beautiful “Old World” style reflection of the 2012 vintage. We chose some of the best Merlot vineyards in the Columbia Valley based on the fruit quality and the grower’s respect for the land. The composition includes 52% Candy Mountain Vineyard (Columbia Valley AVA), 25% Birch Creek (Walla Walla Valley AVA), and 23% Bacchus Vineyard (Columbia Valley AVA).

      • Merlot
      • $20 - $30
      • Columbia Valley
  • Forgeron Cellars Chardonnay

    • Overview

    • Tasting Notes

    • Our flagship, ageable white with a 10+ year track record of 90+ scores. This Chardonnay is modeled after the elegant, rich, and complex, classic Chardonnays of Burgundy. Our French born winemaker, Marie-Eve Gilla, earned her degrees in enology and viticulture from the University of Dijon in Burgundy, France--the premier region for Chardonnay. This is a wine for Chardonnay lovers, but even those who turn their nose at this white variety have been known to convert!

      • Chardonnay
      • $20 - $30
      • Columbia Valley
  • Forgeron Cellars Cabernet Sauvignon

    • Overview

    • Tasting Notes

    • 91 POINTS, Wine Advocate (Jeb Dunnuck). Deep, brilliant purple, full-bodied and silky. NOSE: dark spice, cassis, red currant and blueberries. MOUTH: full-bodied and silky, with blackberry, violets and plum preserves. PAIR: Red-wine braised short-ribs, braised lamb shank, juicy grilled rib-eye. We chose some of the best Cabernet Sauvignon vineyards in the Walla Walla Valley based on the fruit quality (dense red fruit with rich earth and minerality) and the grower’s respect for the land. One of our warmest sites, Dionysus Vineyard, supplies Cabernet and Petit Verdot grapes that provide lush, vibrant, fresh ripe fruit with dense tannins forming the backbone of this wine. Red Mountain Cabernet Sauvignon from LaCoye has exceptional color, strength and richness, providing ample structure to our generous 2012 Cabernet Sauvignon.

      • Cabernet Sauvignon
      • $30 - $50
      • Columbia Valley
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