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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 or arid continental 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

    >50,000 acresgrowing area13 viticulture areas
  • Production

    14.8 million cases produced (2013)
  • People

    870+ wineries350+ wine grape growers
  • Impact

    25,900 jobs created$193 million spent by more than 800,000 tourists each year$4.8 billion contributed annually to the state’s economy$14.9 billion contributed annually to the national economy
  • Primary Grape Varietals

    Cabernet SauvignonMerlotSyrahCabernet FrancRieslingChardonnaySauvignon BlancGewurztraminerSemillonPinot GrisViognier

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