The Tri-City Herald reported that the city of Richland is directing the $23 million project on Port of Benton land through a public development authority. Construction starts next year.
The center will be turned over to WSU for research into growing grapes and making wine.
Gov. Chris Gregoire is one of the officials attending the dedication. Her office says she's also visiting Walla Walla Friday to meet with winery owners and workers and see grapes being crushed.
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