Wine Campaign Goals

Washington State University has the largest cadre of faculty focused on cool-climate wines in the United States. Every day, WSU scientists are finding new ways to keep all facets of the Pacific Northwest wine industry environmentally sustainable and economically profitable and produce distinct, high quality wines.

The Campaign for Wine will:

  • Build a modern LEED Research and Teaching Facility on the WSU TriCities Campus in the heart of wine country in Richland, Washington
  • Endow faculty positions in support of industry
  • Fund undergraduate and graduate students focusing on viticulture, enology and business

Endowment Naming Opportunities

Regents Chair for Wine Science $ 3,000,000
Regents Chair for Wine Business Management $ 4,000,000
Distinguished Chair $ 1,500,000*
Wine Science Program Operating Funds (endowment) $ 1,500,000
Professorship or Visiting Scientist Endowment $ 300,000*
Wine Business Management Simulation Design $ 250,000
Endowed Lecture Series $ 50,000*
Graduate Fellowships $ 25,000*
Undergraduate Scholarships $ 25,000*
Study-Abroad and Internship Learning Endowments $ 25,000*

*Donors can choose to benefit students or programs in either Viticulture & Enology or Wine Business Management
*Gifts to Endowed Professorships are eligible for consideration in the Washington state matching program

The ambitious goals of this initiative are designed to complement the quest of the Washington and Northwest wine industries to become a world leader in premium wine production by locating facilities throughout wine country:

Facility Naming Opportunities across the State

Viticulture and Enology Research Center at IRAC/Prosser $ 3,000,000
Research Winery in Prosser $ 1,000,000
Research Vineyard at IRAC/Prosser $ 1,000,000
Teaching Winery on the Pullman Campus $ 1,000,000
Storefront for Wine Business Management, Pullman Campus $ 250,000

Central to the campaign is the Wine Science Center, a state-of-the-art facility located in the heart of wine country on the WSU Tri-Cities campus in Richland, WA. It will serve as a gathering place for research and education to spark innovation, fuel economic development, support national and international collaboration, and provide a catalyst for research breakthroughs. Gifts would support the construction and outfitting of this facility and would receive appropriate naming recognition.

Wine Science Center Facility at WSU Tri-Cities*

Facility Naming (e.g. Joe & Mary Smith Wine Science Center) $ 10,000,000
World Wine Library $ 3,000,000
Research & Teaching Winery $ 2,500,000
Wine Sensory Laboratory & Tasting Room $ 2,000,000
Wine Science Center Teaching Vineyard $ 1,000,000
Entrance Promenade $ 1,000,000
Central Promenade $ 1,000,000
Campus Promenade $ 1,000,000
Wine Storage & Barrel Room $ 1,000,000
Riverview Rooftop Terrace $ 750,000
Conference Hall Rooftop Terrace $ 750,000
Main Cafeteria/Conference Hall $ 750,000
Grape Receiving & Crush Pad $ 500,000
Gift Shop with Guest Reception $ 500,000
Gas Chromatography Olfactometry Laboratory $ 500,000
Tiered Lecture Hall $ 750,000
Breakout Conference Halls (2) $ 500,000
Outdoor Campus Courtyard $ 350,000
Teaching Classrooms (2) $ 300,000
Crush Production Office $ 250,000
Wine Microbiology Laboratory $ 250,000
Wine Chemistry Laboratory $ 250,000
Wine Research Laboratories (4) $ 250,000
Catering Kitchen $ 250,000
Office, Director of Wine Science $ 250,000
Small Conference Room $ 150,000
Grape Cold Room $ 150,000
Sensory Lab Offices (2) $ 125,000
Faculty and Research Associate Offices (12) $ 100,000
Visiting Faculty & Graduate Fellow Offices $ 100,000
Fermentation Rooms (2) $ 100,000
Wine Tasting Laboratory $ 100,000
Wine Analysis Laboratory $ 100,000
Glass Sterilization & Sample Preparation Room $ 100,000

*Additional naming opportunities to be identified as building plans are finalized

Building the Future of the Washington State Grape and Wine Industry Through Research

The Wine Science Center

In January 2006, a task force was formed to identify critical research needs of the Washington State grape and wine industry.

In order to take full advantage of the natural diversity of our wine growing areas and to be better stewards of our natural resources, we need to expand our knowledge of the interaction of the grapevine with its environment and we need to continue to improve the winemaking process—and the Wine Science Center will be the epicenter of that knowledge development.

Read the task force’s assessment »