“Raise a Glass, Fund a Scholarship” Program to Support Future Grape Growers and Winemakers
Nov 18, 2016
Washington's founding winery Chateau Ste. Michelle is partnering with Washington restaurants to support the ninth annual "Raise a Glass, Fund a Scholarship" program to benefit Viticulture and Enology programs at Washington State University and other Northwest universities. More than 200 restaurants will participate in the "Raise a Glass, Fund a Scholarship" program which runs through the end of December 2016.
"We are very proud that our local restaurant community has helped us raise more than $400,000 over the past eight years to support future grape growers and winemakers of the Northwest," says Ste. Michelle Wine Estates President and CEO Ted Baseler. “These local Viticulture and Enology programs are critical for the Washington wine industry to continue to produce world-class wines for decades to come."
Launched in 2008, the Chateau Ste. Michelle Raise a Glass, Fund a Scholarship program helps fund scholarships, research, faculty and equipment for Northwest universities offering grape growing and winemaking degrees.
“Our program is expanding to meet the needs of Washington’s rapidly growing wine industry, most recently with the landmark opening of the Ste. Michelle Wine Estates WSU Wine Science Center,” says WSU Viticulture and Enology Program Director Dr. Thomas Henick-Kling. “Some students would not have the opportunity to study here without tuition support such as Raise a Glass, Fund a Scholarship. These funds go toward the next generation of skilled vineyard and winery employees who will further improve Washington’s distinct, premium wine through practical research."
Growing Washington's World-Class Wine Industry The Washington wine industry is the second largest premium wine producer in the country. It boasts more than 900 wineries and over 350 wine grape growers. The goal of the promotion is to support the local Northwest wine industry by ensuring world-class training is available within colleges and universities in the Pacific Northwest to sustain the future of the industry. Thank you to the supporters of this year's program!