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Chateau Ste Michelle has a huge impact on the Washington wine industry, so what lies ahead after its sale?

July 12, 2021

Dick Boushey says he and other growers are concerned about the future of SMWE, which has been the foundation of Washington's wine business since the 1950s. SMWE shocked a lot of growers several years ago when it refused to buy grapes it had asked them to plant, but Boushey said last year the company paid a contract rate based on acreage and asked growers to crop at a low level so it would have less wine to sell.