New Wineries Opening in Prosser

New Wineries Opening in Prosser
PROSSER - We're in a recession, but no one told Prosser. We're talking more construction and new wineries. These aren't new developers moving in, these are long-time growers making some moves.

The latest winery to open in Prosser is a mix of old and new. A new label and new wine, but a well-established winemaker and owners.

The Hogue and Mercer families teamed up to start Mercer Estates. The same Hogue name behind Hogue Cellars, but they sold the winery five years ago. When their non-compete agreement ended, they got back in the business.

"These are very exciting times. Washington state is really on a roll right now, the global wine market is hurting but Washington is one of the few bright spots out there so this is great timing for us," said David Forsyth.

In the Vintner Village, Wine O'clock opened this Spring. It's not a tasting room, although there's plenty to taste. This wine bar serves food and sells wine.
Wine O'clock is the new kid on the block, but not for long.

Come summer, there will be a new Gamache Winery. The Gamache brothers have been growing grapes since the Reagan era, their tasting room is a small space on the outskirts of the Tri-Cities.

They looked at moving to Red Mountain, but settled on Prosser

"Prosser has always been a family type atmosphere and it really still embraces that small town feel, " said Roger Gamache.

Wine O'Clock is only open Friday and Saturday, but come May they'll open more days. Mercer tasting room opened a couple weeks ago. Both will be offering specials during Spring Barrel weekend.