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AVA Land Auctioned Off To Grow Local Wine Industry

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PASCO, WA - The wine industry drives tourism and much of what our region exports worldwide. At Musser Brothers in Pasco, the auction of AVA lots of land could mean big changes to the entire local wine and grape growing industry.

With 31 lots up for auction, some of them could be sold in combinations, but all of the 600 plus acres will be freed up from the Kennewick Irrigation District and grow the local wine industry. It is a win-win scenario. KID gets the cash from the sales to put money back into developing a system of watering the mountain and the rest of the district and the wine grape growers get more space to spread out and grow that famous Red Mountain wine.

"Well it's a real positive," said Scott Musser of Musser Brothers Auctions. "I know the neighbors on Red Mountain are excited for this day because they're looking forward to having new faces and new names on the mountain and we have people in here that will represent some very very reputable wineries in the world."

Those new faces could bring new business and more tourists. With a larger production of wine on the mountain, the winery owners look for Red Mountain to become even better known to the world.