Published in Good Fruit Grower
By Melissa Hansen, Washington State Wine Commission
Jan. 29, 2016
It’s a new era for viticulture and enology research in Washington. Washington’s wine industry has started the process of building a world-class research program. The industry has invested in a new wine science facility, developed a strategic plan and recently hired me, the Washington Wine Commission’s first-ever research program manager.
The state’s growers and wineries took a major step to support research when they pledged $7.4 million for construction of Washington State University’s Ste. Michelle Estates Wine Science Center at the Tri-Cities campus. But a successful research program is more than a shiny building with the latest technological trappings; it requires cohesive e?ort between industry and researchers, is guided by industry stakeholders and managed professionally, has clear priorities and is well funded and communicated.
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