WSU Breaks Ground On Wine Science Center In Tri-Cities
By Anna King
Dignitaries and leaders of the Northwest wine industry braved a drizzle for a ceremonial groundbreaking Thursday at Washington State University’s new Wine Science Center in the Tri-Cities.
There are now nearly 800 licensed wineries in the state of Washington, up from about 40 three-decades ago. Ted Baseler is the CEO of Ste. Michelle Wine Estates. He says the industry is thirsty for trained scientists, salespeople, winemakers and grape growers.
Ted Baseler: “Every great wine region in the world has a signature institution that supports the wine industry with research, and now we do too.”
So far WSU has raised $19 million for the $23 million center. The facility will house the university’s bachelor's and graduate degrees in Viticulture and Enology. Construction will begin this month, and it will open in early 2015.
Photo: Wine Science Center at WSU-Tri Cities. Artist rendering courtesy of Washington State University.