Walter Clore Wine and
The Walter Clore Wine and Culinary Center is a key Port of Benton project focused on agribusiness.
The Clore Center brings together industry and consumers to discover the culture, history and unique growing regions that beget Washington’s exceptional wines. A multifaceted facility, the Clore Center is a destination for events, classes and notable culinary and wine tasting experiences.
The Clore Center is managed by a qualified, non-profit educational partner under an operations agreement with the Port of Benton. The Port owns the grounds and facilities in Prosser that house the Clore Center, which is a unique location due to its proximity to Washington State University’s Prosser Campus. The Prosser Campus is home to the largest irrigated agricultural research center in the United States and where Dr. Clore, known as the “Father of Washington Wine,” began his research.
Clore Center Operations
Due to the economic conditions of the COVID-19 health crisis, the Walter Clore Wine and Culinary Center Board of Directors (the prior educational partner) closed, and the operations agreement ended on December 31, 2020. While the name of the property and the name of the prior operator are similar, prior event or contractual commitments remain the responsibility of the prior operator. For events or commitments made prior to January 1, 2021, please click here to contact Board President Greg Robertson.
As a result, the Port of Benton is currently in negotiations to replace that agreement with a new qualified non-profit/educational partner. The tasting room is closed and reservations are not being taken at this time.
The Port of Benton is dedicated to honoring the memory and work of Dr. Walter Clore in perpetuity and holds in the highest regard the original intent and mission of the facility to champion the culture, history and industry of Washington Wine.