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Richland, Kennewick and Pasco make up what is called the Tri-Cities. When I first got my start in the Washington wine industry, the Tri-Cities was home to some of what were then "big players"; Bookwalter, Gordon Brothers, Powers & Badger Mountain, Tagaris and Preston Premium Wines. These are the wineries from the early grape growers in our state. Now the competition is fierce and the industry much more saturated, but many of these wineries, steeped in our rich agricultural history, have changed with the industry and are better than ever. Yes, the Tri-Cities is a central hub to other wine regions such as Red Mountain, the Horse Heaven Hills and Walla Walla. There are plenty of hotels here, some dining, such as Anthony's Seaport Restaurant and other activites (check out the Columbia River Tour) making it ideal for large groups.