Port of Sunnyside to celebrate winery progress

Water works site to host district’s annual event

An artist’s depiction of the water works building includes retaining historic elements, while providing outdoor seating for Co Dinn Cellars and sidewalk improvements.

Graphic courtesy Port of Sunnyside
An artist’s depiction of the water works building includes retaining historic elements, while providing outdoor seating for Co Dinn Cellars and sidewalk improvements.



— The conversion of an abandoned city building into a winery is the focus of the Port of Sunnyside’s annual luncheon tomorrow.

The Port acquired the city’s 1930 water works building at 501 Grant Ave. last summer.

Tomorrow, the port will host about 60 guests for an invite-only luncheon to celebrate local industry and progress on converting the site into a winery.

Former Hogue Cellars winemaker Co Dinn plans to establish wine production and a wine tasting area in the 5,000 square-foot building.

Dinn currently produces his wine from space he leases at Yakima Valley College’s Grandview campus.

Co Dinn Cellars’ 2013 Roskamp Vineyard Chardonnay recently earned Best of Show, Double Gold honors at the Seattle Wine Awards.

Dinn’s vision for the water works building includes a wine-making facility, crush pad, tasting room, a wine cellar and outdoor seating.

The building was an obvious location for this year’s luncheon, which the port typically hosts at one of its project sites.

“It was either the water works or Carnation, and we didn’t want to have a luncheon at a demolition site,” Port Executive Director Jay Hester said.

It’s not just the location, but the timing.

Hester said the extensive remodel will go out to bid in just two weeks.

Work completed to date includes an environmental review — which Hester said came back “clean” — as well as architectural drawings by Meier, Inc.

The goal is to retain the water works building’s historic brick exterior, including its 1930s lettering and light fixtures, Hester said.

Plans also call for brick-lined sidewalk “bulb outs,” similar to those installed in downtown’s recent street remodel.

Hester said the port is working on a grant application to pay for sidewalk and road improvements between the water works building and museum across the street.

Dinn should be open for business by February 2017, he said.

The invite list for tomorrow’s luncheon from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. includes officials from Yakima County, which last fall provided a $520,000 grant/loan package for the rehabilitation project.

The port will spend $130,000 of its own funds on the project. Dinn will lease it from the port for his winery.

City officials are invited, as are representatives from the port’s engineering and architectural firms.

Sen. Jim Honeyford will be on hand, as will Congressman Dan Newhouse.

Lunch will be catered by Conquistador, Hester said.



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