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- Category: Wine
- Published on Thursday, 13 February 2014 07:42
- Written by Joe "The Connector" Kennedy
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Rep. Cathy McMorris Rodgers (WA-05), Chair of the House Republican Conference, spoke on the House floor this week to recognize the 30th anniversary of the federal designation of the Walla Walla Valley as an American Viticultural Area (AVA).
“Over the past 30 years, the Walla Walla Valley has earned national and international recognition for being one of the best wine regions in the world…,” the Congresswoman said. “Our community has rallied around the business owners, and now wine-related jobs account for almost 15% of jobs in the area and growing. All of this leads to a $500 million-dollar economic impact in Walla Walla County. But it’s about more than just numbers. It’s about a community that makes us all proud to call Washington State our home. I am honored to represent the Walla Walla Valley and everything it does to advance growth and innovation back home. So congratulations on 30 exceptional years, and best wishes for many, many more.
The Walla Walla Valley AVA was first officially recognized on February 6, 1984, with just four licensed wineries. Today, there are more than 100 wineries – and growing. The announcement from Rep. McMorris Rodgers comes on the heels of a resolution introduced last week by U.S. Senators Maria Cantwell (D-WA) and Patty Murray (D-WA) honoring the 30th anniversary.
“We’re thrilled that Rep. McMorris Rodgers, along with Senators Cantwell and Murray, officially recognized the historic and economic impacts that our wine industry has had on the Walla Walla Valley and the State of Washington,” said Duane Wollmuth, Executive Director of the Walla Walla Valley Wine Alliance. “The first 30 years were so fantastic – and we can’t wait to see what the future has in store.”
On March 20, 2014, Walla Walla Valley wineries will gather at the historic Gesa Power House Theatre in Walla Walla for a special program in honor of the 30th anniversary. Tickets are on sale now at www.wallawallawine/30years.