In the nation’s second largest wine-making state, with countless wine awards to vouch for the quality, it was only a matter of time before a facility like the Clore Center would open its doors.

With the mission of educating people about the world of Washington wines and foods, the Clore Center has installed approachable exhibits on the topics of wine grape farming (viticulture) and wine making (enology). Visitors can even step up to the tasting counter to engage their palates in their wine education journey.

For the next several months the Clore Center is featuring a separate Washington American Viticulture Area (AVA) per month, with information about the AVA’s terroir, production, wineries and vineyards, history and, of course, representative taste of each AVA’s wines.

Prosser is considered to be the historic and geographic epicenter of the Washington wine industry, so no better place for such a facility. Dr. Walter Clore (the center’s namesake) was a key researcher, educator and pioneer in the state’s wine industry and called Prosser home. He is recognized as the “Father of the Washington State Wine Industry.”

The center also offers facilities and a culinary center to accommodate corporate meetings, weddings, reunions and other events.

While you’re in Prosser, pay a visit to some of the many wineries’ tasting rooms, such as Mercer Estates Winery (one of Washington’s pioneer growers, and Alexandria Nicole ( Also in Prosser, Vintner’s Village ( is a modern complex of tasting rooms and eateries that make a visit to the heart of Washington’s wine industry easy. Vintner’s Village tasting rooms are all situated on a campus within walkable distance of one another. Wineries represented include Martinez & Martinez (a fine boutique estate winery from Horse Heaven Hills), Thurston Wolfe, Airfield Estates and a handful of others.

by Allen Cox
September 1, 2014
Northwest Travel & Life

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