Legends of Washington Wine Hall of Fame
What makes a legend?
They could be: winemaker, winery owner, winery staff, vineyard developer, grower, researcher, scientist, educator, mentor, philanthropist, journalist, supplier, or retailer.
They must be a Washington resident for more than 25 years and involved in the wine industry for at least 25 years. Candidates may be working or retired.
They might have impacted or made contributions to the community and/ or the wine industry and likely made historical and lasting significance for future generations.
A selection committee considers the nominee’s impact on the wine industry, contributions to the community, and their historical and lasting significance for future generations. The selection committee includes a representative from each of the state’s viticultural regions who independently review and rate nominees. Nominations are closed for 2013.
2013 Nomination Materials:
Previous inductees to the Hall of Fame include:
- S.W. “Bill” Preston, founder of Preston Premium Wines
- John and Ann Williams and Jim and Pat Holmes, wine pioneers from Red Mountain
- Stan Clarke, a 30-year industry veteran
- John Anderson, a visionary and mentor who believed Washington would compete globally based on premium quality grapes
- David Lake, MW, renowned for his experimentation with new varietals and for wine innovations
- Bill Powers, pioneer of low-impact and organic viticulture
- Dr. Myles Anderson, founder of the Institute for Enology and Viticulture at Walla Walla Community College
- George Carter, partner of Dr. Clore in proving that Washington could produce premium wines
A commissioned bronze piece will remain on display at the Walter Clore Wine & Culinary Center to memorialize each inductee.
The Legends Gala will be hosted on August 9, 2013 at the Walter Clore Vineyard Pavilion honoring the inductees.
(Individuals nominated in 2012 are not eligible again until 2014.)