With Wine Month drawing to a close in Washington, it’s fitting that construction of a new wine center in Prosser, Washington, has entered the next phase of development to keep wine enthusiasm alive among locals. The center is slated to be the state’s premier educational and promotional attraction for Washington wines.
On Wednesday, bids were opened for a 2,400-square-foot facility at the Walter Clore Wine and Culinary Center, which is where investors expect the center to be completed later this fall. Supporters of the Clore Center also applied for a $2 million grant to help pay for the construction, reports the News Tribune.
The two-floor building is expected to have a wine tasting room, a kitchen, a theater, classrooms, offices and conference halls, all devoted to informing and educating tourists about Washington’s wide selection of high-quality wines.
Project heads estimate the outdoor facility will cost $4.6 million to construct, while the total cost of the center is estimated to run up to $6.1 million.
Along with California, Washington has established itself as one of the largest wine producers in the United States. Currently, there are more than 600 wineries in the state – nearly two times as many as there were 10 years ago.