Visit Spokane to create ‘Cork District’ in Downtown

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by MIKE GONZALEZ & KREM.com

KREM.com

Posted on May 8, 2014 at 9:36 PM

Updated Friday, May 9 at 7:13 AM

SPOKANE, Wash. -- The organization responsible for marketing the City of Spokane to tourists said it wants part of the $8.5 wine industry.

Visit Spokane said it has come up with a concept called the Cork District. It would be made up of 20 wineries and tasting rooms in Downtown Spokane and the surrounding areas.

Julie Hofmeister has been marketing Spokane for 14 years. She said with 15 tasting rooms in Downtown and five on its outskirts, it would help highlight the city’s wine scene.

“I think having the Cork District as a marketing entity hand in hand with Visit Spokane is going to create a huge economic impact,” said Hofmeister.

LEARN MORE: Plans for Cork District

The Cork District will be focused primarily on Downtown Spokane’s tasting rooms. Josh Wade, owner of Nectar, said the Cork District could change the perception of Downtown.

“You know I've often heard that Spokane residents have a low self esteem of its own city when in fact we have the amazing treasure of Riverfront Park, The Davenport Hotel and so much bustling construction going on. The Cork District will do nothing but elevate that and give Spokane a sense of class. And give people something else to do when they're in and around Spokane,” said Wade.

The official unveiling of the Cork District will not take place until June.

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