History & Funding

History of Wine Research in Washington Washington’s wine research program is unique in that it’s one of a few in the nation funded by all wine grape growers and wineries in the state, guided and driven by industry, and with results accessible to all vintners and wine grape growers. The following program…

Live Music with Ian Jones

Ian Jones’s new EP Results Not Typical Part I, out now on Thin Silver Records, takes you on a virtual road trip through American landscapes, broken hearts and crying in your beer at the end of the day.

Research & Innovation

About Industry-Driven Washington’s wine research program is one of a few in the world funded by all wine grape growers and wineries in the state, guided and driven by industry, and with results accessible to all vintners and wine grape growers. Learn about how our program started, how its funded,…

Smoke Impacts: Frequently Asked Questions

Background Much remains to be understood about how smoke compounds interact with grapes in the vineyard and the potential risks for smoke damaged grapes and the effects on wine quality. Communication between wineries and growers is key to finding a mutually beneficial solution. This document brings together current research knowledge…

Far-Reaching Research is Just Getting Started

The Washington wine industry, through the Washington State Wine Commission, significantly ramped up its wine research program in 2015, with the goal of making it world-class. Five years into the investment, it’s well on its way. Key milestones include the opening of the Washington State University Wine Science Center, sustainably…

Get Involved

Our Industry is a Community. The strength of Washington’s wine research program is stakeholder involvement. Grape growers and wineries can help drive and be part of the research agenda by participating in four key ways: 1) our research survey, which is held annually to garner industry input on research priorities;…

Our Team

The Washington State Wine Commission, a staff of 12, works to implement all initiatives, programs, and campaigns decided upon by our Board, which represents our winemakers and grape growers. We each come to the wine industry from various backgrounds, but all share the same belief: that Washington Wine is meant…

IMW Study Week – Lunch Wines & AVAs

Monday, Feb 14th Yakima Valley AVA Designated: 1983Vineyards: 18,924 acres (7,658 hectares)Top Varieties: Chardonnay, Merlot, Cabernet Sauvignon, Riesling, SyrahAverage Annual Precipitation: 8 inches Yakima Valley is one of Washington’s most diverse growing regions. It also is the largest sub-appellation of the Columbia Valley, both in total size and planted acreage, with the valley home…

2021 Annual Report

Fiscal Year 2021 (July 2020-June 2021) was another year of innovation and growth for Washington Wine. We met the ongoing challenge of COVID-19 with creative and effective ways of promoting our industry, while ensuring the health and safety of our constituents and audiences. We continued to lean into digital strategies,…

Columbia Gorge AVA

Designated: 2004Vineyards: Total vineyard acreage: 950 (384 Hectares); Washington acreage: 381 (154 Hectares)Top Varieties: Pinot Noir, Chardonnay, Pinot Gris, RieslingAverage Annual Precipitation: 10-36 inches Established in 2004, the Columbia Gorge AVA is the state’s westernmost appellation east of the Cascade Mountains. A shared appellation with Oregon, the 40-mile long Columbia…