WEST RICHLAND, Wash.- West Richland is about to be home to the eastern Washington's only wine village.
Developers haven't broken ground yet, but they hope to have at least one tasting room open for spring barrel tasting in 2009.
The Red Mountain View Wine Village will be eastern Washington's first village centered on wine.
Developers are planning a large vineyard, wineries and tasting rooms, a world class restaurant and bed and breakfasts they hope will draw people in from around the U.S. in the same way similar areas in California's wine country have.
"Everybody is welcome in about a year, we'll be opening. We have wine in barrel. That was some of our motivation once you have wine in barrel you better build a place to sell it," said Russ Hamilton, who's wife Stacie is helping him develop the area.
Developers will be selling six or seven parcels to area wineries who hope to locate there because of eased land restrictions in West Richland.
They also want to put in condos for permanent residents.
They've purchased a piece of land on Keene Road between Bombing Range Road and State Route 224.