The Clore Center serves as a central gathering place for industry and consumers to discover Washington wine and agriculture through engaging events and innovative programs.
Washington wine and food is celebrated, enjoyed, and shared
Hospitality, Innovation, Inclusion, Knowledge, Collaboration, Adaptability
Washington State is the second-largest premium wine producer in the United States, with over 900 licensed wineries, and over $300 million worth of grapes produced annually. Growers, wineries and agricultural businesses seeking economic stability and growth need opportunities to:
- Increase market exposure and brand awareness,
- Create a passionate fan base for their products,
- And acquire skills, information, and trainings necessary for evolving with the industry’s growth.
The Clore Center’s programs address industry and consumer needs by offering four essential elements:
- TASTING – Serving as “Washington’s Wine Center” the tasting room offers a unique, educational wine experience, guided by knowledgeable industry professionals. Visitors can learn about wines from a variety of regional and international viticulture areas, winemakers, develop their palate, and make decisions about their preference for wine. The tasting room is open daily from 11 a.m. – 5 p.m.
- CLASSES - The Clore Center provides wine and culinary educational classes that cater to the needs and interests of industry professionals and consumers. Classes cover a variety of grape varietals, regions, AVA’s and viticulture and enology practices.
- EVENTS - Throughout the year, the Clore Center hosts several events that promote, celebrate and honor the many individuals and wineries that have contributed to the industry’s significance, including Legends of Washington Wine Hall of Fame, History Through the Vines, and Rising Stars , and many others.
- FACILITY – The Clore Center’s campus serves as a central gathering place for many industry and community groups who utilize our facilities for meetings, trainings, and special events.
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. The grounds and facilities are owned by the Port of Benton, and operated by the 501c3 nonprofit Walter Clore Wine and Culinary Center.