Prosser's Vintner Village Doubling in Size

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PROSSER -- The Port of Benton is tapping into Washington's multi-billion dollar wine industry again. Action News discovered Prosser's vintner's village is about to double in size.

It means more tourists, more jobs, more tax base for our region. Action News takes a look at what's on tap.

"There were two buildings here Willow Crest and Thurston Wolfe the rest was just weeds in it," said Thurston Wolfe co-owner Wade Wolfe.

Wade Wolfe was one of the first in Vintner Village and in only six years it's turned into a full area. And now more is on the way.

"Once they go in, yes there will be additional draw here and to the city," said Wolfe.

Phase two is in and if you look around the infrastructure is all ready. Streets are paved, sidewalks poured and street lights up.

All that's left is to bring businesses in. They trying to make this less wineries and more food and retail like cheese shops, delis.

The Port of Benton spent $1.5 million on building the infrastructure but they're not expected to turn a profit.

"We're going to break even. Not to look at making money. It's about creating jobs and stimulating growth," said Port of Benton Economic Development Director Diahann Howard.

But everything isn't quite ripe for business just yet, recently Olsen Estates closed down in Prosser and a few other Walla Walla wineries also shut down.

"We are aware [of the economic climate] and we know that small wineries and folks with high price points aren't doing well but we think it's about to turn around and we want to be ready and capitalize when it does," said Howard.

Just like making wine, building here could be all about timing. Getting businesses to move in to cement Prosser's place as a wine hub.

And phase two is not the end. Action News has learned the Port of Benton is also looking at buying land across the street toward the RV park for future development.

And phase two is not the end. Action News has learned the Port of Benton is also looking at buying land across the street toward the RV park for future development.