Last Updated on July 26, 2022 by admin
Walla Walla has over 120 wineries, and one of our favorite wineries is Castillo de Feliciana. It’s one of the most picturesque wineries in the Walla Walla Valley. The winery’s architecture and wine label art are inspired by Spain, so it’s no wonder that this winery is one of my favorites. (I studied in Spain while I was in college!) In this post, I’ll share all about our experience at Castillo de Feliciana.
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About Walla Walla Valley Wine
Walla Walla Valley is Washington’s second American Viticultural Area (AVA). There are over 120 wineries in Walla Walla, so wine enthusiasts from all over the world travel to Walla Walla to sip on its outstanding wines.
The Walla Walla Valley is comprised of 6 different wine districts: Westside, Downtown, Airport, Eastside, Southside, and Oregon. Castillo de Feliciana is located in the Oregon district. (Walla Walla is located super close to the Washington-Oregon border, so some of the valley’s best wineries are in Oregon!)
Walla Walla Valley covers over 3,000 acres in Washington and Oregon. We learned that 44 different varietals of grape can grow in Walla Walla, which means that there’s plenty of options for winemakers to create amazing wines! The region is especially famous for its syrah and cabernet sauvignon production.
About Castillo de Feliciana
Castillo de Feliciana has two locations: the Walla Walla Estate Winery and the Woodinville Tasting Room.
(This post covers the Walla Walla Estate Winery. I’ve visited the Walla Walla Estate Winery twice. Now that I know there’s also a tasting room in Woodinville, that’s next on my list!)
The name Castillo de Feliciana translates to Feliciana’s Castle. The name Feliciana is derived from the word happiness, so this winery’s name roughly translates to Castle of Happiness. The name pays tribute to the owner’s aunt, who was named Feliciana.
Phone: (541) 558-3656
Address: 85728 Telephone Pole Rd, Milton-Freewater, OR 97862
Hours and Reservations: http://castillodefeliciana.com/visit-us/walla-walla-estate-winery/
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Our Experience at Castillo de Feliciana
The architecture of the main building is inspired by Spain’s southern region of Andalucia. I used to live in Andalucia, and the small white building made me nostalgic for the small pueblos along the Costa del Sol. Andalucia is well-known for its tranquility, and I felt the same way while I was visiting Castillo de Feliciana.
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There’s options for both indoor and outdoor tasting, and since it was such a beautiful day, we opted to have our wine tasting on their patio. There was plenty of shaded seating, as well as a lawn complete with corn hole and a water feature. We brought a picnic and ordered a wine tasting flight.
Our wine flight included 4 tastings. Each one was superb. I loved the presentation of the wine, and our server shared with us the background behind each one.
However, Castillo de Feliciana is especially known for their sangria. You can purchase sangria by the glass or by the growler. Just be sure to check out their website to make sure you are in time for sangria season.
We recommend making a tasting reservation in advance. Also, one of the best ways to experience Walla Walla wineries it book a wine tour. (Click here for more information about wine tours, and click here to book your own tour!)
Tip: Be sure to ring the “Wine Time” bell when you arrive 🙂
How to Get to Castillo de Feliciana
Walla Walla is very close to the Oregon border. The state line is just about a 10 minute drive south of Walla Walla. Walla Walla is about 3.5 to 4 hours away from Portland, Oregon. Castillo de Feliciana is located on the Oregon side of the border.
Walla Walla is about 261 miles east from Seattle. (It’s about a 4 to 4.5-hour drive depending on traffic.)
Walla Walla is about 153 miles south of Spokane. (That’s about a 2.5 to 3-hour drive.)
If you’re flying, you can fly into Walla Walla Regional Airport (ALW). The flight from Seattle to Walla Walla is just a little over an hour long.
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Where to Stay Near Castillo de Feliciana
We recommend staying in Walla Walla, which is about 6 miles from Castillo de Feliciana.
There are lots of unique places to stay in Walla Walla. Here are some ideas:
- The Finch: This hotel is centrally located downtown. This new hotel has fresh rooms and lots of outdoor gathering areas.
- Eritage Resort: This luxurious resort has countryside views, a fine dining restaurant, and beautiful guest rooms.
- Marcus Whitman Hotel and Conference Center: The Marcus Whitman is the tallest building in Walla Walla. The historic hotel has decor from the 1930s and is centrally located. We stayed here during our last visit to Walla Walla, and we really enjoyed it. We’d definitely recommend it to others!
- Cameo Heights Mansion: This luxurious bed and breakfast is located in the nearby town of Touchet. The mansion is adults-only and features uniquely-styled rooms, a pool, and a fine dining restaurant. This location would be perfect for a romantic getaway!
- The Inn at Abeja: If you want to stay at a winery, check out the Inn at Abeja. This winery has cute cottages and suites.
For a full list of accommodations in Walla Walla, click here. (There are dozens of properties to choose from!)
We also wrote an article going into more depth about places to stay in Walla Walla. Click here to read the full article.
What to Pack for a Trip to Walla Walla
Here are a few things we recommend that you bring with you:
- Comfortable walking shoes: Don’t plan on wearing heels or anything uncomfortable. Many of the wineries have gravel or dirt paths, so you’ll want to wear something comfortable. If you’re visiting during the summer months, I recommend a good pair of sandals.
- Power Bank: We always keep a fully-charged power bank with us while we’re out exploring. That way, if our phone battery is running low, we can easily plug it in and re-charge on the go. We rely on our phones heavily for navigation and photography, so this product is a must for us.
- Notebook: During our last trip to Walla Walla, we brought a notebook to take notes of the different wines we tried. We wrote down the different labels, types of wine, and our impressions. It was really fun to compare notes! (And it also helped us to remember our favorite wines to look for at home!)
- Sun Hat: Don’t forget sun protection while you’re visiting the different wineries!
- Small crossbody purse: To easily carry your identification and credit cards. (This is the purse I have, and I really like it a lot!)
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Summary: Our Adventure at Castillo de Feliciana
Walla Walla is one of my favorite destinations in Washington State, and Castillo de Feliciana is one of my favorite wineries. If you’re planning a trip to Walla Walla, be sure to add this winery to your itinerary!
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