Published in Good Fruit Grower
By Melissa Hansen, Washington State Wine Commission
July 1, 2019
Wine research in Washington state continues to move forward. The Washington State Wine Commission recently allocated $1,034,364 for viticulture and enology research for fiscal year 2020 (July through June). This is the third consecutive year research funding has exceeded the $1 million mark, thanks to the strong support of the Washington wine industry and the Auction of Washington Wines.
Viticulture and enology research is funded through the Washington State Grape and Wine Research Program, a competitive grant program administered by Washington State University. This year, the program will fund 21 research projects (see Table 1). Although funded projects cover a diversity of vineyard and winery challenges, the ultimate goal of research is to improve grape and wine quality.
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