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!

Join Us

  • 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

  • Feb 20 - Feb 22

    USBevX Conference

    Washington Marriott Wardman Park 2660 Woodley Road NW
  • Mar 15 9:30 am

    WAVEx-Grape Viruses

    WSU – Wine Science Center 359 University Drive
  • Mar 30 9:00 am

    WAVEx-Lake Chelan

    Tsillan Cellars 3875 Hwy 97A
  • Apr 4 9:00 am


    The Walter Clore Wine and Culinary Center 2140 Wine Country Road

Note From WWI’s Executive Director

Welcome to our new Washington Wine Institute website!!! We are elated to finally unveil our new website built specifically to provide every WWI member with access to an extensive level of resources and a streamlined, modern-day approach to providing the tools and information needed to keep our members up-to-date with all the work WWI doing
Read more

Need Help Thinking Through Your Music Licensing Options? WWI Can Help!

Do you have live and/or streaming music in your winery or tasting room? Have you been contacted by one or multiple music licensing agencies (BMI/ASCAP/SESAC) recently requesting that you purchase a license?   The world of music licensing is complicated and knowing if you need a music license is not simple nor straightforward. To make
Read more

CDL Exemption For Wineries

In 2015 WWI worked with the Washington State Department of Licensing and the Washington State Patrol to come to an agreement that winery owners and their employees fall under the federal definition of “farmer” and therefore do not need to have a Commercial Drivers License while hauling their own grapes from vineyard to winery. Some
Read more

In Olympia, we strive to protect the industry’s needs & promote its tremendous growth.

Membership Savings