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“The behind the scenes in the winery was very important to us since we could ask specific technical questions not raised in a tasting. Discussions on yeast selection, oaking techniques, aging, and bottling were insightful. Also, the marketing and distribution was something I hadn’t considered.”
Evolution of the Tour Program
In 2009 the Viticulture and Enology Program offered the first Winery and Vineyard tour to profile wineries in Prosser and Red Mt. The comments from participants proved that the educational value of a technical winery tour was too great to pass up. In 2010 we included our first international winery tour – New Zealand – and again the responses about the educational value were overwhelmingly positive. Since then we have visited winemakers in seven countries and nine wine regions in Washington, California and Oregon.
These technical tours were originally only advertised to the industry in Washington State, as well as current and former certificate students, but the word spread quickly and we now have had participants from 15 states and Canada.
Previous International Trips
New Zealand – November 2010
Chile and Argentina – January 2012
No. Spain – June 2012 (to be offered again April 10-22, 2016)
Italy – March 2013
France – July 2013
Australia – April 2014
Southern France – April 2015
No. Spain – April 2016
Sicily – March 2017
Previous Regional Trips
“I have lived here for almost 40 years and been a winemaker for almost 15 of those, but have never had the access that you arranged with some of our best Oregon producers.””
Wahluke Slope/Ancient Lakes
British Columbia, Canada
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