Feedback from survey ensures funding, determines importance of research priorities
SEATTLE (April 6, 2020)– The Washington State Wine Commission is asking wine grape growers and wineries to fill out the 2020 research survey to help identify top wine research priorities.
Industry feedback guides the annual reevaluation of priorities by the Wine Research Advisory Committee, a subcommittee of the Washington State Wine Commission. Scientists use the priority list when developing research proposals and projects, which ensures that the program addresses important needs specific to Washington’s wine industry.
Washington’s research program is funded by Washington State University, the Washington State Wine Commission, Auction of Washington Wines and state taxes collected on all wines sold. This year, the Wine Commission will offer two new grant programs for demonstration trials conducted by Washington community colleges. In total, more than $1 million will be spent in 2020 for all research grant programs.
Past research projects have shown game-changing outcomes, and given wineries and growers the knowledge and tools to do things like save irrigation water by up to 50 percent in red varieties, reduce pesticide usage, identify powdery mildew resistance to fungicides, improve tannin management for winemaking, and improve overall wine quality.
About the Washington State Wine Commission:
The Washington State Wine Commission (WSWC) represents every licensed winery and wine grape grower in Washington State. Guided by an appointed board, WSWC provides a marketing platform to raise positive awareness about the Washington wine industry and generate greater demand for its wines. Funded almost entirely by the industry through assessments based on grape and wine sales, WSWC is a state government agency, established by the legislature in 1987. To learn more, visit www.washingtonwine.org.