Cooperages 1912 and Oak Solutions Group, both California wine industry components, will donate $250,000 to construction of a new Wine Science Center developed by Washington State University if Richland, Wash.
The joint donation, marking a regional interest in the Washington project, is provided via the Boswell Family Foundation.
"This project struck a chord with our family, as it is important for us to give back to worthy educational institutions in our industry," says Brad Boswell, company president. "It is clear the Wine Science Center will play a vital role in the Pacific Northwest as a center for research and education, helping to sustain and continue the tremendous growth this market has experienced."
Washington State University launched construction of the 39,000-square-foot center on Sept. 26, with plans for a $23 million project which hopes to attract world-class researchers and students who will focus their efforts on the challenges and opportunities faced by Pacific Northwest grape growers and winemakers.
Cooperages 1912 has also pledged a 10-year scholarship of all barrel needs to support winemaking by junior and senior students in WSU's viticulture and enology programs. This student winemaking project, labeled "Blended Learning" on bottles, is conducted in conjunction with commercial wineries and grape growers to provide hands-on applied learning experiences for students. The two California wine concerns will also provide a visiting lecturer to provide
WSU students with information on barrel research and use of alternatives to oak wood in their construction.
The two firms produce wine barrels and enological tannins to the wine industry globally. Founded four generations ago by the Boswell Family, parent firm Independent Stave Company is an established business. For information on the firms, visit www.coperages1912.com or www.oaksolutionsgroup.com
WSU's wine research program began in the '30s and the university is the sole PNW public education institution offering bachelors and grad degrees in viticulture and enology.