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WOODINVILLE, WA (February 2, 2021) – In an effort to amplify the voice and talent of minorities in the wine industry, Woodinville Wine Country has partnered with Chateau Ste. Michelle and DeLille Cellars established the fund as part of the viticulture and oenology program at Washington State University.  The Woodinville Wine Country Diversity Scholarship supports minority and underrepresented students who demonstrate passion and dedication to viticulture and winemaking, and a love of higher education and continuing education in the field of wine.

We are very excited about our new Viticulture and Oenology program, and this scholarship will help us attract students from all walks of life to come study with us and enter the wine industry, said Dr. Thomas Henick-Kling, Director of Viticulture and Oenology.

This donation is a small step in an ongoing effort to further the mission of increasing inclusion and diversity in our industry and our wine community, said Amber Schmitt, Woodinville Wine Country’s Director of Marketing. We are pleased that two of Woodinville’s largest wineries have joined us in our commitment to support diversity in Washington State.

Community members who would like to make a donation to raise the Woodinville Wine Country Diversity Scholarship Fund endowment can make a donation here.

We are proud to be one of the founding members of the Woodinville Wine Country Diversity Fellowship, said David Dery, President and CEO of Ste. Michelle Wine Estates. Building a diverse talent pool is critical to the long-term success of Washington’s wine industry.

This is a small but important step toward a more inclusive and diverse wine community, said Tom Dugan, CEO of DeLille Cellars. WSU has a world-class viticulture and oenology program, and we are honored to partner with Château Ste. Michelle and Woodinville Wine Country in creating this scholarship. This reflects the good cooperation and wine community of Washington.

The WSU Wine Science program is an innovative component of our agricultural university, and this grant gives us the opportunity to further promote diversity within our university and Washington’s wine community, said Andre-Denis Wright, dean of the College of Agricultural, Humanities and Natural Sciences.

About the Woodinville Wine Country Association

The Woodinville Wine Country Association is a group of winemakers and affiliates that represent the growing presence of the Washington State wine industry in the greater Woodinville area. The Association’s mission is to create a world-class wine destination and a favorable and profitable environment for Washington’s wine growers and their partners.

About Chateau Ste. Michelle…

Founded in 1934, the Château Ste. Michelle pioneered viticulture in Washington State and has been producing classic European varietal wines under the Ste. Michelle. The winery combines a constant commitment to research with a dedication to the classic traditions of winemaking. The estate owns 3,900 acres of vineyards in the Columbia Valley in eastern Washington State, including Canoe Ridge Estate and Cold Creek, which are LIVE and Salmon Safe certified. Chateau Ste. Michelle works with some of the world’s most respected winemakers. Col Solare is a collaboration with Tuscan Piero Antinori, Eroica Riesling is a collaboration with Ernst Loosen from Moselle and Tenet is a collaboration with French colleagues Michel Gassier and Philippe Camby.

About Delille’s cellars.

Inspired by Bordeaux – Distinctive Washington – Unique DeLille

DeLille Cellars is the third oldest winery in Woodinville, Washington, founded in 1992. Known for its revolutionary Bordeaux-style blends from Washington State, the winery has maintained a tradition of quality and excellence with over 700 individual 90+ scores awarded by leading international critics. DeLille Cellars concentrates on Red Mountain AVA and sources grapes from Washington’s most famous vineyards. The winery is recognized by wine critics and influential personalities, including Robert Parker, as one of the best producers in the state. In 2019, DeLille Cellars moved all of its operations to the former Redhook Brewery in Woodinville. For more information on Les Caves DeLille, visit www.delillecellars.com.

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