Cord Switzer, CEO of Fredericksburg Winery, who attended the opening of the new facility, said mitigating the effects of Pierce's disease was "vital to the economic security of the industry."
, who produces about 7,000 cases of wine annually from wine-grapes bought from eight area vineyards, said support for new facility was key to the industry's future.
"This really is a multiple-state, multiple-industry issue," Switzer
"And we need to not only have a facility like this, but we need to get funding in place to address this disease on a national level."
will travel to Washington, D.C. later this month as the Texas wine industry representative on a team discussing funding for Piece's disease with U.S. Department of Agriculture officials and congressional appropriators.
"We have state-related legislation in place to address the issue, but now we need national funding for efforts related to Piece's disease," he
"And this year, for the first time, Texas has a place at the table during those discussions."
said mitigating the disease would also benefit agri-tourism stemming from vineyard and winery tours and help the economy of multiple communities in wine-producing areas of the U.S.