Milton-Freewater is not only the region’s newest grape-growing region called The Rocks District, but also a jumping-off point for a backroads loop through new vineyards, heirloom orchards, and historic homesteads.
The Rocks AVA (American Viticulture Area) is situated on an alluvial fan of the Walla Walla River, where the river exits the foothills of the Blue Mountains and enters the Walla Walla Valley. It lies entirely within Oregon and includes part of the town of Milton-Freewater.
The Rocks District of Milton-Freewater received its designation February 9, 2015. This interesting feature is its soil, or lack thereof. The ground consists primarily of dark-colored basalt cobblestones, which is very well drained and encourages vines to root deeply.
Spending an afternoon touring local Wineries and Cideries is a delight in itself. Once your countryside tour is complete, stop by Petits Noirs for some fine hand-crafted chocolates, Sister's Breads & Creations for a delicious pastry, and the Walla Walla Cheese Company to pair with your wine selections. Top off the day and enjoy a personal experience browsing through local specialty shops offering a vast selection of unique items.
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