Crafting Sustainable Solutions to Industry Challenges
The Foundation is a network of people who have helped grow the Washington wine industry from the beginning. Using that network and experience, we identify challenges facing the industry, bring together partners, and facilitate funding to craft sustainable solutions. The generous support of donors makes this work possible.
Since 2002, the Foundation has been awarded over $2.7 million in Federal and state grants. Projects have addressed education, risk management, winery safety, clean plants, cost-of-production calculators, integrated pest management and other topics.
We build the future while honoring the past.
With specific scholarships honoring the trailblazers of years past, our donors build a legacy. Our scholarship recipients use those funds to build their future in the industry.
Since 2008, the Foundation has awarded 170 scholarships totaling $224,900 to Washington students pursuing certificates or degrees in viticulture, enology, and other wine-related studies.
Every donor matters.
The Foundation is passionate about propelling Washington forward as a highly regarded wine region. With the funds we receive through donations and events, the Foundation provides programs that deliver tangible benefits to the industry.
The Foundation’s Annual Partners are industry visionaries who are committed to seeing Washington’s wine industry thrive, and partner with the Foundation in myriad ways toward that end. Learn more about the Foundation’s Annual Partner program here.
Together we are helping the industry thrive. Join us!
Board and Staff
Our Board and staff bring extensive experience, knowledge, and passion to serve the Washington wine industry. Their focus is to build and maintain the quality and reputation of the Washington wine industry locally, nationally, and globally.
“We bring the industry together by focusing on identified needs— like scholarships and special projects – and serve as an effective fundraising vehicle to achieve those goals.” –Carol Munro, Ste. Michelle Wine Estates and Foundation Board member