Senate adopts Rossi resolution honoring state’s largest winery

Today the state Senate adopted a resolution recognizing the achievements and contributions of Chateau Ste. Michelle to Washington.

“Chateau Ste. Michelle is a treasure – not only of the 45th Legislative District, which I represent, but of the entire state,” said Sen. Dino Rossi, who sponsored the resolution. “It’s the oldest and largest winery in Washington, crafting 2.7 million cases annually, and has the distinction of being the world’s largest producer of Riesling. In fact, the company uses two out of every three grapes grown in our state.

“We owe a great debt of gratitude to this iconic Washington business and brand, and it is an honor to lead the Senate in recognizing its many contributions to our state.”

The resolution points out the long history of Woodinville-based Chateau Ste. Michelle, which can be traced to the end of Prohibition. It also highlights the winery’s continued role as a charitable organization. Chateau Ste. Michelle has been instrumental in the development of a state-of-the-art research and teaching institution for the state’s wine industry, leading to the establishment of the Ste. Michelle Wine Estates Wine Science Center at the Washington State University campus in the Tri-Cities.

Rossi pointed out that he and his wife are among the more than 300,000 visitors who come to Chateau Ste. Michelle each year, highlighting the winery’s role as a summer concert venue, attracting a variety of high-profile musical acts.

Proceeds from the winery’s summer concert series help to fund its charitable-giving program, which supports some 400 nonprofit organizations annually and has provided more than $3 million for scholarships for high-achieving, low-income students at Washington universities.

“This summer alone, they will host Elvis Costello, John Legend, Santana, and ZZ Top – just to name a few,” said Rossi, R-Sammamish. “There’s no better way to unwind after a long legislative session, and make it up to your spouse, than a night of wine and music up at beautiful Chateau Ste. Michelle.

“I highly recommend it to each of you.”