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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Growing Concern of TTB Closure during Potential Government Shutdown

As disagreement in Congress remains over federal government funding, there is growing concern the Alcohol and Tobacco Tax and Trade Bureau (TTB) could face closure during a potential government shutdown as early as October 1, 2023. The Washington Wine Institute would like to remind Washington State wineries to prepare in the event Congress does not
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WWI Working to Help Modernize Outdoor Seating Rules for Wineries

The Washington Wine Institute (WWI) submitted comments to the Washington State Liquor and Cannabis Board (LCB) recommending updates to outdoor seating allowances for wineries after SB 5448 was signed into law following the 2023 legislative session. WWI comments to the LCB, which is a part of the larger rulemaking effort taking place now to implement SB 5448, focuses on changes to WAC 314-03-205 that currently allows on-premise
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Guidance on Cloud Storage for Required LCB-Related Business Records

The Washington State Liquor and Cannabis Board (LCB) has determined best practices and requirements for cloud storage recordkeeping for all liquor, vapor, tobacco and cannabis licensees. On June 21, 2023, the LCB withdrew CR-101 (Preproposal Statement of Inquiry) WSR 23-04-027 that considered rulemaking to allow cloud storage recordkeeping. After further review, a determination was made that
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In Olympia, we strive to protect the industry’s needs & promote its tremendous growth.

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