Washington wines
8:07 pm
Mon September 5, 2011

Washington wine science center moving closer to reality in Tri-Cities

RICHLAND, Wash. – A Northwest wine science center is moving closer to reality with the promise of money from the industry and private donors. The center would be part of Washington State University located on the Tri-Cities campus.

Plenty of people study wine grapes and wine around the world. But each region is different and has different challenges in growing and producing top rated wine. That's why the Northwest wine industry wants a place to research, teach and learn of its own.

Now, that vision looks to be getting closer. The Washington Wine Commission recently committed about $7 million to the project. .

"This will be something that we're going to see results for the next 50 years," says Ted Baseler, head of Ste. Michelle Wine Estates and chair of WSU's Board of Regents. "And it will be provided by the industry for the industry and will help generate jobs and enhance the economy of Washington State."

Basler says the new facility will house between 50 and 100 students and also provide space for scientists and professors. The new building will be sited on land donated by the Port of Benton and will be turned over to WSU.

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