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Local Vineyards Prepare For Busy Tourism Season

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ZILLAH, WA.- You don't have to be a wine lover to know Washington is famous for its wide variety of wines.

March is Washington wine month and local vineyards are preparing for the busy months ahead. There are dozens of wineries spread throughout the Yakima Valley and each is preparing for the busy tourism season ahead.

We caught up with some of the employees at Bonair Winery in Zillah Friday afternoon; right now they're preparing their fields after a long winter, pruning and weeding the vineyards.

They told us March is still a slow month but they're seeing more and more tourists traveling from all over the Pacific Northwest to visit their vineyards each year.

“I've been working in the wine industry for three years now and I've seen an increase every single year so I'm really positive that this year is going to be even better for people coming over and enjoying wine tasting and all the things that are going on in the Yakima Valley,” tasting room manager Adette Highley said.

It's still early in the season though; they told us the real busy tourism months start in June after school lets out. 

Washington wine and tourism is on the rise in the valley and they're expecting to see record sales from visitors traveling to the area this year.