“Washington’s wine industry got a boost from researchers at Washington State University (WSU) last week. The university opened its new $500,000 enology research lab at its Irrigated Agriculture Research and Extension Center in Prosser, Wash. The Working winery will be the largest experimental noncommercial winemaking facility in the Pacific Northwest.” Reported in the Wine Spectator
After reading this, I am first reminded of my conversation with Michael Donovan of RoxyAnn Winery in Southern Oregon, and his comments about how important having close education is to a wine region, referring to new wine programs being offered in Southern Oregon, and citing Walla Walla as an area that has greatly benefited from educational options.
Washington State University has always been a leader in agriculture, and I’m excited to see them moving more into wine. Wine has really brought relevance back to agriculture at the cultural level, and can be a portal for people to better understand and appreciate agriculture.
This is a huge boost for Washington’s wine industry, allowing for more research and understanding of a region with huge amounts of potential waiting to be better understood.
Exciting times…exciting times for sure!