Walter Clore Wine and Culinary Center
Named after the late Dr. Walter J. Clore, the Walter Clore Wine and Culinary Center will be a centrally located, must-see learning center that promotes Washington State wine and food by actively engaging visitors to experience and realize the quality and diversity of Washington’s wine and food products.
Dr. Clore began his life’s work in 1937 studying vinifera grapes and their potential for growth in Washington soils. His research, a cornerstone of the industry’s development, earned him official recognition from the Washington State Legislature as the “Father of the Washington Wine Industry”.
The Center’s site, located off I-82 at Exit 82 on 24 acres overlooking the Yakima River, the Horse Heaven Hills and Rattlesnake Mountain in Prosser, Washington, was chosen because of Prosser’s distinction as the home of the largest irrigated agricultural research center in the United States (WSU-IAREC) where Dr. Clore began his research. Designed to complement its natural surroundings, the conceptual 15,000 square foot building and grounds will offer several indoor and outdoor venues for conferences, meetings, business and social gatherings and events. Additionally, the 2,000 square foot Walter Clore Vineyard Pavilion was completed in Spring 2011.
The Vineyard Pavilion at the Walter Clore Wine & Culinary Center is a beautiful venue for memorable events with wine country charm. The indoor/outdoor facility features a glass-enclosed main room, sliding glass doors, and two patios allowing customized events to suit any occasion. All options are yours with a catering kitchen to create the casual or elegant event you envision. The Vineyard Pavilion is adaptable for Meetings, Events and Weddings.