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Mission to discover the wine industry in the United States, in Walla Walla (Washington State) and in Canada in the Okanagan Valley (British Columbia)

Walla Walla (Etat de Washington) - Vallée d'Okanagan (Colombie-Britannique), Etats-Unis et Canada Viti / Vini Field missions

Walla Walla (Washington State) is one of the highest quality designations in the Pacific Northwest wine industry. The valley has nearly 3,000 hectares of prime vineyards and over 120 wineries.

The Okanagan Valley in British Columbia is located at north of the 49th parallel. Glacier-fed lakes stretch along this narrow valley. As the global warming progresses, cooler areas like the Okanagan Valley are suitable for viticulture. Today more than 200 vineyards offer a wide variety of white wines – chardonnay, gewurztraminer, pinot gris, sauvignon, red wines – pinot noir, merlot, syrah – some rosés and even ice wine.

Interco Nouvelle-Aquitaine went there in order to discover the potential of these two recent wine regions and to accompany the representatives of the company  Coup’eco Viti (member of the Cluster INNO’VIN, wine industry in Nouvelle Aquitaine).





A professional mission that made it possible for us to meet the actors of the wine industry in the United States and Canada.

Through a programme of technical visits (USA/CANADA) and participation in the Vintage Report in Walla Walla (USA), we networked with experts, shared knowledge about these two recent wine regions and measured the potential that each region represents.

We have also identified international representatives interested in participating in the next edition of the international trade fair VINITECH-SIFEL (01-03 December 2020), during which Interco Nouvelle-Aquitaine organises thematic visits.

Technical visits to wineries,

A day of lectures at the “Vintage Report” at Walla Walla Community College,

To capitalise on the contacts established in order to create a network of the sector at the international level…

The “Vintage Report” 2019 Millésime/vintage conference took place in Walla Walla (United States) in the presence of representatives of the wine industry.

  • What were the key features of the 2019 vintage?
  • How can we use the latest scientific advances to improve our understanding of the effect of vintages on the plant, the fruit and consequently the wines?
  • An analytical review/examination of trends in wine chemistry in 2019 and data related to plant physiology and climate.

This event is a technical meeting exclusively dedicated to winemakers, vineyard managers, oenologist and consultants.

A day of technical visits to wineries in the Walla Walla region: ‘Caprio Cellars‘, ‘Seven Hills Vineyard‘ and ‘Woodward Canyon‘.

The second part of this professional mission took place in British Colombia, more specifically in the Okanagan Valley. 6 wineries were visited : ‘Painted Rock Estate Winery‘, ‘Mission Hill‘, ‘Le Vieux Pin‘, ‘CheckMate‘, ‘Burrowing Owl estate‘, ‘Hillside Vineyard‘.

  • Organization of a technical visits circuit over 8 days (from 09 February to 16 February 2020),
  • 1 day of technical conferences during the Vintage Report,
  • 2 countries visited,
  • 9 wineries visited in the USA and British Columbia

To promote the Nouvelle-Aquitaine Region in terms of innovation and know-how as part of the PIVVI internationalisation programme

Accompanying the representatives of Coup’eco viti (vineyard machinery) in their search for a distributor in the USA and Canada