Washington Wine Institute


Washington State Wineries State and Federal Government Advocate

The Washington Wine Institute is the vocal, active, visible advocate and champion of the Washington wine industry in Olympia and Washington D.C. We achieve this vision through a collaborative approach including partnerships that advance shared industry goals.

Every year we work side by side with state and federal lawmakers to shape legislative and regulatory policy decisions that impact the Washington wine industry. We strive to protect the industry’s needs, while promoting its tremendous growth and our work has delivered invaluable results for Washington wineries throughout the years.

As wine laws continue to change at an ever-growing rate, it’s now more important than ever that wineries stand united! Learn more about our membership benefits and join the hundreds of wineries that have chosen to have their voices heard!

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  • The Washington Wine Institute is working on behalf of all of us, regardless of size. As small as Betz Family Winery is, we choose to support WWI because we know they have our best interest at heart and the skills to get things done in Olympia.

    Bob Betz, Betz Family Winery

  • It’s great to know that WWI is watching out for my interests in Olympia. I’ve been a member for years and consider their work essential to maintaining a friendly business climate for wine sales in Washington.

    Kay Simon, Chinook Winery

  • The Washington wine industry is growing at an incredible pace and, if the continuous opening of new wineries in my district is any indication, it doesn’t appear to be slowing down anytime soon. It’s imperative all the wineries in my district and across Washington have a strong, united voice. The Washington Wine Institute is that voice and an extremely effective advocate for all Washington wineries.

    Senator Sharon Brown, Deputy Majority Leader, Majority Coalition Caucus

  • The $8.6 billion Washington wine industry is a tremendous bright spot on Washington State’s economy. As this exciting and dynamic industry continues to grow, the Legislature will continue to deal with critical issues that will impact wineries across the state. It’s crucial that winery voices are heard in Olympia and I know I can count on WWI, the industry’s leading advocate, as a source of clear, accurate information when making policy that will shape market conditions for wine in our State.

    Representative Frank Chopp, Speaker of the House


WWI News

Washington Hospitality Grant Program Opening March 14th

The Department of Commerce has announced a Washington Hospitality grant program designed to provide qualifying businesses with COVID-19 relief is opening March 14. The Washington Wine Institute worked hard last session to secure the $85 million set aside in the budget for this grant. This program offers one-time grants to eligible wineries, restaurants, hotels, and

2023 Legislative Session Update: Floor Cutoff

One of the biggest cutoff dates of the session happened March 8th, when all bills must be voted out of their respective chambers to be still “alive” and worthy of further consideration. For WWI priorities this session, we are excited to share that a few of our top priority legislative proposals continue to move through
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WA Wine Specialty License Plate Now Available for Order

The Washington Wine Specialty License Plate has been finalized, and is now available for order through the Washington State Department of Licensing. The Washington Wine Institute, in partnership with the Washington State Wine Commission (WSWC), worked with prime sponsor Rep. Kelly Chambers and lawmakers in Olympia to pass this legislation. Revenue generated from this license
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In Olympia, we strive to protect the industry’s needs & promote its tremendous growth.

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