Wine Science Center Part 2

Wine Science Center Part 2

Wine Science Center Part 2. I'm Greg Martin with today's Fruit Grower Report.

A ground breaking ceremony was held on Friday for the new WSU Tri-Cities Wine Science Center. One of the åpresenters was the new Director of Viticulture & Enology, Thomas Henick-Kling.

HENICK-KLING: I came here to Washington State University out of great admiration for the Washington wine industry. I have had a few Washington wines before even when I lived in Oregon. I've been impressed with the quality and the diversity of the wines that they make here and most importantly about the deep commitment of the industry to working together and doing better.

Washington State has a long history with the Washington wine industry.

HENICK-KLING: Today we have about 33 faculty working in research, teaching and extension across the state with the grape growers and wine makers similar in size to the other national program in the U.S. which is at UC Davis. WSU is the only 4-year institution which offers a DBS degree in viticulture and enology.

He talks about what the new Wine Science Center will mean to WSU and the industry.

HENICK-KLING: The Wine Science Center right here is going to be a world class facility. Much needed space for our researchers and our graduates and graduate students. And a place for the industry in the Pacific Northwest. Our facilities in Prosser and Pullman will continue to be an integral part of our statewide research, teaching and extension efforts.

That's today's Fruit Grower Report. I'm Greg Martin on the Ag Information Network.

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