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

  • The Washington Wine Institute is one of the many structures necessary to make the Washington wine industry sustainable. As a custom crush facility, Artifex Wine Company has chosen to support WWI over the years because we know that they work tirelessly to educate, advocate for, and represent every winery’s interest.

    Artifex Wine Company


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California Bottle Bill Begins January 2024

Starting January 1, 2024, the California Beverage Container Recycling Program will expand to include wine and distilled spirits. The California Beverage Container Recycling and Litter Reduction Act, known as the California Bottle Bill, will require updated labels for all wine bottles which include recycle value messaging and some sort of state identification. The program will also require bottles refunds, mandatory
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New Website Resources for WWI Members

The Washington Wine Institute is excited to announce a new member-exclusive benefit: resource information for your winery all in one place behind the wwi.wine “Members Only” log-in. Current WWI members will soon receive a separate email from WWI staff with their winery’s log in information and instructions. New web page topics include:   LCB Licenses, Permits and Endorsements 
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WWI Request for Examples: Emergency Events Impacting Wineries

Has your winery or tasting room ever been forced to temporarily shut down or in a situation where customers can’t reach your location due to a natural or man-made event? WWI members as well as legislators reached out to us this past year asking if there are any options to help those wineries impacted by
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In Olympia, we strive to protect the industry’s needs & promote its tremendous growth.

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