Thousands of wine grape growers meet in Kennewick

<p>Grape Growers Meeting</p>

Grape Growers Meeting

Thousands of grape growers from across the state are meeting in Kennewick this week to learn how to move the wine industry forward.

The Washington Association of Wine Grape Growers is holding its annual meeting at the Three Rivers Convention Center and the Toyota Center this week.

There are more than 150 companies at the convention showcasing the latest growing equipment and technology.

Organizers say in the last five years, grape growing and sales have gone up 187% percent in Washington - and they want that trend to continue.

"This is the one place where people really can network, ask questions, meet people who are icons in the industry who started it 25 years ago. And so it really is a very positive, energetic, very business type of meeting" said Lynn Chamberlain 2012 WAWGG Chair.

There are seminars throughout the event covering wine quality, immigration reform and marketing.

The meeting runs until Friday.