We strive to create exceptional wines that are true to the terroir, varietal and vintage. Wines that have a sense of time and place, and are a product of our core values. Balboa Winery is located in the Walla Walla Valley, and our winemaking brings together the exceptional quality of our vineyards and our environment with the passion of our dedicated (and well-educated) team. We then seek to cultivate a wine-tasting experience that allows the customer to appreciate everything that went into these wines, and our dedication to creating them.
We believe that great wines are created in the vineyard, so this is where our winemaking begins. Sustainable growing practices are coupled with exacting hand labor to keep our vines healthy and balanced. Our winemakers Tom and Tyler work hand in hand with the vineyard management team to make sure that every part of the winemaking process is well-synchronized. All of our grapes are hand-picked and hand-sorted before we begin the process of de-stemming and crushing. Each vineyard block is crushed and fermented separately, to preserve the unique characteristics of that fruit, and the integrity of our vineyards.
All of our wines are fermented in small open-top stainless steel fermenters. During primary fermentation, the grapes are manually punched down twice a day, to ensure that the skins remain in contact with the juice. We closely monitor the fermentation process, taking measurements several times a day to ensure that the fermenting wine is handled correctly.