Your destination to experience Washington wine, food, and agriculture through an engaging experience and innovative programs.
Named after the late Dr. Walter J. Clore, the Walter Clore Wine and Culinary Center is a unique wine tasting and educational destination focused on promoting the quality and diversity of Washington State wine and agriculture. Dr. Clore began his life’s work in 1937 studying vinifera grapes and their potential for growth in Washington soils. His research, a cornerstone of the industry’s development, earned him official recognition from the Washington State Legislature as the “Father of Washington Wine”.
Things for Visitors to do at the Clore Center
- Taste wines with a common theme, usually that all the wines presented for tasting are made with grapes from the same American Viticultural Area (AVA).
- Peruse the our exclusively Washington wine retail shop, with wines from across the state, from wineries and vineyards of all sizes.
- Enjoy small bites during the week from our Wine Bites menu, or lunch on Friday, Saturday, and Sunday from our Fresh Fare menu.
- Watch a cooking demonstration from our state of the art, professionally outfitted kitchen.
- Broaden your knowledge by taking a cooking class or a wine education class and learn about the wine and food products that Washington state has to offer.
- Sit outside on our patio and enjoy a glass of wine, or a premium flight while overlooking the Yakima River.
- Coming soon! Exhibits will tell the stories of the people and the place that make Washington wine and agriculture so special.
The Center’s site, located off I-82 at Exit 82 on 24 acres overlooking the Yakima River, the Horse Heaven Hills and Rattlesnake Mountain in Prosser, Washington, was chosen because of Prosser’s distinction as the home of the largest irrigated agricultural research center in the United States (WSU-IAREC) where Dr. Clore began his research.