McMorris Rodgers Honors the 30th Anniversary of Walla Walla’s Wine Industry

WASHINGTON, D.C. –Rep. Cathy McMorris Rodgers (WA-05), Chair of the House Republican Conference, spoke on the House floor today to recognize the Walla Walla Valley and the 30th anniversary of its federal designation as an American Viticultural Area. The following is an excerpt from the Congresswoman’s statement.

“Over the past 30 years, the Walla Walla Valley has earned national and international recognition for being one of the best wine regions in the world. Just ask Gary and Nancy Figgins, who opened Leonetti Cellar in 1984 – when there were just 4 wineries in the Walla Walla Valley. Today, within 1800 acres of green, rolling hills, you will find 130 different wineries. This growth has allowed businesses to expand and wine tourism to become a top industry in the state.

“Our community has rallied around the business owners, and now wine-related jobs account for almost 15% of jobs in the area and growing. All of this leads to a $500 million-dollar economic impact in Walla Walla County. But it’s about more than just numbers.  It’s about a community that makes us all proud to call Washington state our home. I am honored to represent the Walla Walla Valley and everything it does to advance growth and innovation back home.  So congratulations on 30 exceptional years, and best wishes for many, many more to come.”

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