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Red Mountain Wants to Become More Tourist Friendly

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On Wednesday the last public meeting was held in Benton cCty to discuss the plans for the continued growth and development of Red Mountain.

Red Mountain is growing in popularity and in tourism so the plan in brief that the Red Mountain Wine Association came up with is an attempt to deal with the infrastructure of the mountain to accommodate more tourist and about 45 more wineries.

Part of the plan is to also have shops, restaurants, and hotels for tourists.

Red Mountain wine grower Jim Homes says they expect to have millions of visitors a year and thinks the fame that Red Mountain has seen over the last few years is outstanding.

Ed Shaw, Red Mountain Wine Association President says its a very exciting project, it will be a great economic boom for the area and they are getting broad support from all of the residences as well as the communities, Benton City, West Richland and the Tri-Cities.

But many may ask why Red Mountain? What brings growers and tourists here?

Homes says the mountain was producing grapes that made wine makers go wow and they sort of understood something special was going on.

Shaw thinks it's a combination of the soil and the cool nights we get here and it now has a growing world wide reputation for world class wine.

They hope to have all of the plans done by the end of the summer so that they can get on with development.