The Washington State Wine Commission has a new board member to help guide the industry's marketing initiatives. Dan Wampfler, winemaker for Dunham Cellars in Walla Walla, will join the Washington State Wine Commission starting this month.
Dan has been head winemaker at Dunham since 2008 and holds a Master’s degree in Enology from Michigan State University. He joined the Washington State wine industry as Research Enologist for Ste. Michelle Wine Estates in early 2003 and worked in various positions at Chateau Ste. Michelle and Columbia Crest until he accepted the position at Dunham.
Dan is excited to join the Commission because he believes that “education, as well as promotion, is very important to the Washington wine industry.” He added, “I feel that becoming an active member of the Washington State Wine Commission will be a great opportunity to assist with industry challenges.”
Created by the Washington State legislature in 1987, the Washington State Wine Commission represents all wineries and wine grape growers in the State of Washington. It is led by a Board of 13 Commissioners who work directly in the Washington wine industry. By law, the Board of the WSWC must be made up of wineries and growers both large and small and from Western and Eastern Washington, as well as one fruit wine producer, one wholesaler, and one WSDA representative. Commissioners are appointed by the Director of the Washington State Department of Agriculture.