WSU Tri-Cities seeks home for new Wine Science Center

The WSU Viticulture and Enology Program director believes the new Wine Science Center is critical to the future of Washington State’s wine industry, and thus has been seeking out a location for the new building.

The commissioners of the Port of Benton have actively begun a search for the best location for the center and are looking a lease deal for property located off GW Way and 1st Street in Richland, which is a stone’s throw from the WSU Tri-Cities campus off George Washington Way.

The new WSU Tri-Cities facility would be able to accommodate the growing wine industry testing that is required of each new batch. Currently a research facility in Prosser is able to only perform about 1/5 of that which is needed because of the rapid growth of the industry.

The hope is to develop a wine library and wine analysis laboratory that has regional and international impact, along with expanding a teaching vineyard at the Richland campus.

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