Valdemar Estates offers wine enthusiasts a chance to taste wines from Washington and Spain. Enjoy the wine flights with tapas in their modern tasting room with sweeping views of Walla Walla's Blue Mountains.
One of our favorite wineries in Walla Walla is Valdemar Estates. An impressive, sleek, spacious estate in the Southside of Walla Walla, Valdemar Estates is owned by the same family that runs Bodega Valdemar in Rioja, Spain.
Currently, Owner & CEO Jesús Martínez Bujanda is the fifth generation of this family of wine growers and producers from Rioja. His sister, Anna, is the COO.
🍇 Winery vibe
After an imposing large front door, you'll walk through past an antique wine press. The wine press is a family heirloom the family brought from Spain.
Walk up the stairs (or take the elevator) to the main tasting room.
The tasting room is large and spacious, with a long wine bar at the entrance. You can choose from comfortable leather couches, high top bar stool tables, or standard tables for inside seating.
If the weather is nice, I suggest wine tasting on the Valdemar Estates patio. The large patio wraps around the length of the tasting room. Here, you can choose from couch seating with low tables, to standard tables.
No matter where you sit on the outdoor terrace, you'll have a gorgeous view of the Walla Walla Blue Mountains.
🥂 Wine tasting experience
Valdemar Estates offers a unique opportunity to taste their Washington wines as well as Spanish wines.
During our visit, we opted for one of each, to get the full range of their wines.
The current Washington wine flight included:
- 2021 Columbia Valley Roussanne
- 2019 Blue Mountain Syrah
- 2018 Klipsun Cabernet Sauvignon
The current Spanish wine flight included:
- 2017 Conde Valdemar Crianza
- 2011 Conde Valdemar Gran Reserva
- 2017 La Gargantilla Garnacha
🍽 Food options
If tapas are your thing (and aren't they everybody's?!), then you will LOVE the food options at Valdemar Estates. I suggest the following quantities, depending on your party:
2 people: order 3 tapas
4 people: order 4-5 tapas
6 people: order 6-7 tapas
Here's a look at what my husband and I ordered on this visit:
From top to bottom, we ordered the Rabas, the Chorizo-Stuffed Mushrooms, and the Croquetas de Jamón
Rabas are fried calamari served with a squid ink aioli-ish sauce. There are also lightly fried peppers, so choose your pieces carefully if you aren't a fan of heat. I love the batter used for this calamari: it is crisp and full of flavor.
I particularly enjoyed the calamari with the Roussanne in the Washington wine flight. It would also be a delicious pairing with their Rosé.
Chorizo-stuffed mushrooms were our favorite dish of this tasting. They use a mild chorizo, so it's not spicy at all, but it's still big on flavors in each bite. This was absolutely delicious with the red wines in our flight.
If you're looking for hearty tapas, go for the Croquetas de Jamón. Also because you have to order at least one item that has jamón imberico in it! These are ham and cheese-stuffed fried bites with housemade breadcrumbs. Very rich, and actually paired beautifully with the Syrah.
🍷 Favorite wines
In addition to the two flights, we also tried a taste of the 2019 Seven Hills Malbec. While we enjoyed both the white and red wines we tried, there were a few stand-outs for us. These are the wines we bought to bring home.
2017 Conde Valdemar Crianza ($25) - Not only is this one of the best values we found in Walla Walla (it is rare to find a $25 bottle of red wine here), it was also one of the most delicious reds we tasted on the trip! Which proves: price isn't necessarily a reflection of quality.
2019 Blue Mountain Syrah ($75) - This is a grippy tannin, big brooding black fruit aromas and flavors, sip with a fatty steak by the fire kind of wine. I love it so much.
2019 Seven Hills Malbec ($60) - I'm glad we also added on a taste of this wine because with that first sip, my husband and I both fell in love and knew we had to buy some to take home.
Like most wineries in Walla Walla, wine tasting attire tends to be casual to business casual. There are quite a few steps leading up to the main tasting room, although there is an elevator for full accessibility. Otherwise, the tasting room indoor and outdoor space is flat and accommodating for heels. However, if you are wine tasting at other wineries for the day, I suggest sticking to wedges, flats, or sneakers.
Children are welcome. There is plenty of space inside, and on the outdoor terrace. The larger food menu also makes this more kid-friendly.
Yes. They do allow do allow walk-ins when space allows – usually on Mondays and Sundays when things are less busy.
Dogs are not allowed at this winery. However, the winery's Woodinville, WA tasting room does have a dog-friendly patio.
Yes! There is a lot of outdoor seating with gorgeous views of Walla Walla valley and the Blue Mountains.
3808 Rolling Hills Lane
Walla Walla, WA 99362
- 11 a.m. – 9 p.m. Friday/Saturday
- 11 a.m. – 7p.m. Sun/Mon/Thu
- Closed Tuesday and Wednesday
For more information or to make your wine tasting reservation, please visit the Valdemar Estates website.
Wine tasting in Walla Walla? Be sure to view our full Walla Walla Wineries Guide.