Commercial Horticulture

The fruit industries in the Milton Freewater 97862 ZIP code generate more than $85 million dollars per year and the wine grape industry is steadily gaining on this figure. Apples are still the main crop by volume produced in the Valley and the acreage is steady at around 2,500. In terms of acreage in the Walla Walla Valley however, wine grapes have become the leader with more than 3,800 acres planted to wine grapes. In addition, more than 70% of the wine grapes processed in the Valley with most of the new vineyard expansions taking place on the Seven Hills. Indeed it is from this area that we proudly boast of one of the “Top Ten Vineyards of the World." The superlative terroir of the Walla Walla Appellation is mainly influenced by the climate, rocky soils and excellent water quality. This unique combination has produced some of the best noble cultivars the world has seen and it is only a matter of time before this hidden gem in far flung eastern Oregon sets the world wine palate on fire.