Walla Walla Valley AVA


Planted as “Pepper Bridge Vineyard” in 1991, Acavallo is considered a heritage Walla Walla Valley site. The soils are silt loam and very porous. The property is over 200 acres, with about 60 acres planted to Cabernet Sauvignon, Cabernet Franc, Malbec, Merlot, Petit Verdot, Sangiovese, and Syrah. Tom Waliser has been farming this site since the beginning and utilizes sustainable and Salmon-Safe viticulture practices. 

This special vineyard has been home to many a top-scoring Washington wine, and has been the source of fruit for some of the most esteemed, longest-running brands in the Walla Walla Valley.

Purchased in 2022 by Walla Walla Land Company, Acavallo Vineyard continues to be farmed by Tom Waliser and his crew.

Acavallo means “on horseback,”   a reference to two local groups (in no particular order)—the native tribes who are expert horsemen, and the Nez Perce, in particular, who are still creating and raising new breeds; second, the area of Pepper’s Farm is nearby, and it was a low-lying spot where travelers on horseback could cross the Walla Walla River as they traveled from Fort Walla Walla to Fort Pendleton. Eventually, a bridge was constructed to cross the river, and Peppers Bridge got its name.  

Four Heritage Vineyards. Guided by Stewardship of the Land.

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