Spirit of Reininger

REININGER Winery, located in the heart of the Walla Walla Valley, specializes in crafting elegant and finely structured red wines from hand-harvested, ultra premium grapes. From our first release in 1997, REININGER wines have possessed a unique quality derived from the winemaker’s awareness of and passion for the natural elements that make great wines. “We view our winery and winemaking as a great adventure and you are invited along for the journey. Our hope is that you enjoy exploring our wines as much as we do.” Chuck & Tracy Reininger Kelly & Ann Tucker Jay & Cyndi Tucker Terry & Ronnie Tucker

What our Customers Say

My Love Affair with Carmenere “This is the one that started it all for me. It was unlike anything I had ever tasted before.” – Northwest Cork and Fork Melinda

“Reininger Winery was one of the first wineries we visited in Walla Walla. We were welcomed and treated like family. We were very impressed with their dedication to producing wines that are true to varietal and well-matched with food. You definitely could say that an experience such as ours was factored in and influenced our decision to open our restaurants in Walla Walla.” – Chris Ainsworth, Chef/Proprietor James Beard nominee ’09, ’10 and ’12

“As wine club members, we have always appreciated the consistency of quality in Reininger wines. Every bottle we have bought is great with food and stands among the best of Walla Walla wines. We love the personal feeling of the winery when we take friends and visitors by to taste. We truly feel like a part of the Reininger family!” – Phil and Carol Morgan, Walla Walla

Pressing News

Our wine writer’s Top 50 for 2014 | Seattle Times | November 13, 2014

18. Reininger Winery 2010 merlot, Walla Walla Valley, $41: Chuck Reininger quietly goes about his business of making superb wines in Walla Walla. His dedication to great Washington merlot is evident in this bottle. http://seattletimes.com/html/pacificnw/2024900069_1116grapevinexml.html

3 Cases of Wine for the Holidays | Seattle Times | October 31, 2014

Helix by Reininger 2009 sangiovese, Columbia Valley, $27: This Italian red grape is so difficult to make outside of its native Tuscany, but this Walla Walla winery manages to craft one of the best I’ve tasted this year. It’s a terrific food wine, thanks to bright fruit and acidity. 

Wine Spectator Insider | October 15, 2014

Reininger Syrah Walla Walla Valley 2011 – 93 points | $46 Plush, generous and open-textured, with a sense of transparency to the cherry, blueberry and plum fruit that picks up hints of caramel and white chocolate. Drink now through 2019. 346 cases made. –HS

Wine Spectator | October 2014

Reininger Cabernet Sauvignon Walla Walla Valley 2011  - 92 points | $43 Starts off on the lighter side, with a crisp texture and ripe currant and spice flavors that gain momentum as the harmonious finish lingers. Deftly made and unexpectedly expressive. Drink now through 2021. 369 cases made. –HS

We’re Getting in on the Comeback of Carmenere | Seattle Times | June 27, 2014

Try 2010 Reininger Carmenere, Walla Walla Valley, Seven Hills Vineyard: This beautifully focused carmenere reveals notes of black licorice, blackberry, black pepper and sage, all leading to tremendous length and breadth. http://seattletimes.com/html/pacificnw/2023818989_0629grapevinexml.html

Top 100 Wines of 2013 | Great Northwest Wine | December 28, 2013

#45: 2010 Reininger Carmenere, Walla Walla Valley, Seven Hills Vineyard: Lush dusty brambleberries and savory notes ooze from a glass of this wine on first approach. On the palate, it’s blueberries, then blackberries and black pepper, backed by a small bit of black licorice and cranberry tannins in its lengthy finish.  http://www.greatnorthwestwine.com/2013/12/28/great-northwest-wine-top-100-wines-2013-50-41/7/

Best of the Best: 2013 | Wine Press Northwest | December 23, 2013

Platinum awards for 2009 Reininger Carmenere, 2010 Helix SoRho & 2009 Helix Syrah: Double golds were awarded to the 2010 Helix Cab Sauv and 2010 Helix Merlot; the 2009 Reininger Syrah and the 2009 Reininger Malbec received gold.  http://www.winepressnw.com/2013/12/23/2746212/best-of-the-best-2013-platinum.html

Dan Berger’s Vintage Experiences | The Weekly Wine Commentary | December 5, 2013

Exceptional – 2009 Reininger Carmenere, Walla Walla Valley, Seven Hills Vineyard ($48): Ripe, but not over-ripe, complex aroma of blackberry and a trace of herbs (!), a hint of black pepper, and pure finesse in the finish with silky tannins.  This may be the best Carmenere I have ever tasted.  www.vintageexperiences.com

The Seattle Times | Pacific NW Magazine | December 2013

TimesWineAward_web_2in Andy Perdue picks his 50 top regional wines. 40. Helix by Reininger 2010 Phinny Hill Cabernet Sauvignon, Columbia Valley, $29: Winemaker Chuck Reininger goes to the southern Horse Heaven Hills, one of the great spots anywhere for growing cabernet sauvignon. This reveals aromas and flavors of black currant, black licorice and black pepper.

Wine Spectator | November 2013

Reininger Merlot Walla Walla Valley 2010  - 90 points | $39 “Dark and smooth , this polished style shows a richness to the texture, with black cherry and sassafras flavors gliding onto the finish. Drink now through 2016. 444 cases made.—H.S.

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