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Washington State

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.

  • Region

    55,000+ acres of growing area14 viticulture areas
  • Production

    270,000tons crushed16 million cases produced40%growth in the last five years
  • People

    900+ wineries350+ wine grape growers
  • Impact

    Economic Impact Study, August 2015$4.8 billion contributed annually to the state’s economy25,900 jobs created$193 million spent by more than 800,000 tourists each year
  • Primary Grape Varietals

    Washington Produces Nearly 70 Different VarietalsCabernet SauvignonMerlotSyrahCabernet FrancChardonnayRieslingSauvignon BlancGewurztraminerSemillonPinot GrisViognier

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