Walla Walla Wineries : Flying Trout and Tero Estates
As Ashley one of my favorite people in Walla Walla, I am happy to be able to write about her fantastic wines, and those of partner winery Tero Estates, for today’s winery roundup. Ashley worked for Reininger as Chuck’s Assistant Winemaker before going on to open her own label, Flying Trout in downtown Walla Walla. With her wonderfully complex wines and incredibly charming personality, it’s no wonder that Flying Trout has enjoyed great success.
With a new downtown tasting room opened in 2011,
TERO estates with partner label Flying Trout Wines is
well on its way to being a top-notch Walla Walla winery.
When I visited I enjoyed a combination flight—a nice
mix of the estate-grown vintages from Windrow Vineyards
and winemaker Ashley Trout’s Argentine creations.
TERO partners Mike Tembreull and Doug Roskelley
benefit from their vineyard’s history. The first commercial
vineyard in the Walla Walla Valley, their vines were
planted in 1981, making them the oldest in the region
and producing a beautifully sophisticated Cabernet Sauvignon
grape. While TERO prefers mostly old oak and
native plants, Ashley uses all new oak to create her
Malbec, Malbec blends, and Torrontés, grapes she
sources directly from Mendoza, Argentina through
annual visits during their spring harvest. While I certainly
enjoyed the downtown tasting room, for my next
visit I’m heading to the red house on the vineyard, where
I can sip from a rooftop trellis and enjoy a view of their
rolling 32 acre property.
Address: Tasting Room:
6 W. Rose St., Suite 103
Walla Walla, WA 99362
Vineyard: 52015 Seven Hills Rd.,
Milton-Freewater, OR 97862
Phone#: (541) 203.0020
Tasting Fee: $5 refundable with
Hours: Monday-Wednesday 1pm-5pm, Friday & Saturday 10am-6pm, Sunday
11am-5pm & by appointment at the vineyard
Varietals Available: Torrontes,
Merlot, Cabernet Sauvignon, Petit
Verdot, Malbec, red blends
Best Feature: A well-deserved nod to
New World winemakers from both
North and South America, and perhaps
the best Malbec in town.