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Washington State

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The Washington State wine region encompasses the entire state and is the second largest premium wine producer in the United States. Bisected by the Cascade Mountain Range from north to south, areas west of the Cascade crest have a maritime climate, whereas areas to the east have a semi-arid climate. Over 99% of vineyard plantings are in eastern Washington where warm, dry temperatures allow a wide variety of grapes to ripen. Vineyard soils are largely defined by their relationship to the Missoula Floods. Warm, dry weather and the use of irrigation lead to minimal vintage variation and consistently high-quality wines.

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Region

60,000+ acres of growing area

16 viticulture areas

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People

1000+ wineries

450+ wine grape growers

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Production

201,000 tons crushed (2019)

18 million cases produced (2019)

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Impact

Economic Impact Study, January 2020

$8.4 billion USD contributed annually to the state’s economy

36,500 jobs created

$753 million USD spent by more than 2.6 million tourists each year

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Primary Grape Varietals

Washington Produces Nearly 70 Different Varietals

 

Cabernet Sauvignon

Merlot

Syrah

Cabernet Franc

Chardonnay

Riesling

Sauvignon Blanc

Gewurztraminer

Semillon

Pinot Gris

Viognier

Unique Fact 
Eastern Washington is one of the northernmost wine regions in the world and is dry enough to be categorized as a semi-arid climate. Due to its unique climate, Eastern Washington is remarkably fungus free; as a result, very few chemical based anti-fungicides are required, leading to sustainable vineyard practices that leave vibrant, healthy, lively soils and water sources.
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