“Washington and the Northwest must support the unparalleled growth its wine industry is experiencing, increase competitiveness for growers and vintners, seize the economic development and tourism opportunities it offers, and continue to establish itself among the most internationally-celebrated wine regions in the world.”
– Ted Baseler, Chair, The Campaign for Wine
Wine Changes Everything – Wine is a catalyst for commerce, driving new business development, creating jobs, and opening export opportunities. The wine industry in the Pacific Northwest has exploded, drawing winemakers from home and around the globe to craft premium wines that reflect the unique characteristics of the region’s climate and soils.
The Ste. Michelle Wine Estates WSU Wine Science Center is the right space in the right place to help the Washington wine industry remain environmentally sustainable and economically successful. This research and teaching facility, located in the heart of wine country on the WSU Tri-Cities campus in Richland, is equal to those at other top research universities world-wide and ready to serve as a gathering place to spark innovation, fuel economic development, support local, regional, national and international collaboration, and provide a catalyst for research breakthroughs.
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WSU opens new Ste. Michelle Wine Science Center
Washington State University dedicated its new wine science center Thursday, June 4, and announced that the center will bear the name of its top supporter. “For more than 25 years, Ste. Michelle Wine Estates has supported the WSU wine program with their own contributions as well as shepherding support from others,” said WSU President Elson S. Floyd. “In recognition of their outstanding commitment and contributions, I am pleased to announce the center will be named the Ste. Michelle Wine Estates WSU Wine Science Center.” Read more » | View photos »
New fermentation system expands WSU winemaking research
Cypress Semiconductor Corp. and Spokane Industries have teamed up to help bring one of the most technologically advanced wine fermentation systems in the world to the Wine Science Center at WSU Tri-Cities, with a generous contribution of $3.2 million toward the $5.3 million fermentation system. Read more »
Hamilton Cellars pledges $100,000 to WSU Wine Science Center
“This is the largest contribution that we have ever made,” states Stacie Hamilton, co-owner with her husband Russ Hamilton. ”We believe that this facility is critical to support the future growth of the Washington wine industry, and it will position the Tri-Cities and WSU as one of the top leading research and teaching programs in the world of wine.” Read more »
Wine Center Groundbreaking Draws State Leaders
Washington Governor Jay Inslee will join wine and grape industry leaders, economic development and government partners, generous donors, community supporters, and Washington State University officials at 10 a.m. Sept. 26 to break ground on the Wine Science Center at WSU Tri-Cities. Read more »
An introduction to Viticulture and Enology at Washington State University
Washington Wine Report has published Erika Szymanski’s history of WSU’s wine science program.
WSU President Celebrates $7.4 Million Commitment with Wine Grape Growers
Washington State University President Elson S. Floyd delivered an in-person thank you to Washington grape growers and wine makers this afternoon for their $7.4 million commitment to support a new WSU Wine Science Center facility; he also reaffirmed the university’s long-term commitment to viticulture and enology education and research. Read more »
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