History made us, but now, we’re making history.
With just over 1,000 wineries, 400+ grape growers, and 60,000+ acres of wine grapes, Washington State is the 2nd largest wine producing state in the U.S. We are proud to produce over 80 varieties from our 19 AVAs, and each year, we have a total in-state economic impact of more than $8B and produce over 17M cases of wine. A few of the things that make Washington Washington are listed below. Hint: it has to do with our diurnal shift, the rain shadow effect, and our community.
At a Glance
- Number of licensed wineries: 1,050
- National rank as wine producer in the United States: 2nd
- Wine grape acreage: 60,000+ acres
- Number of wine grape growers: 400
- Varieties produced: 80+
- Total annual in-state economic impact: $8+ billion
- Growing season diurnal shift: 30-40°F
- Annual wine production: 17+ million cases
- Record harvest, 2016: 272,000 tons
- Most recent harvest, 2021: 179,600 tons
- Average hours of summer sunlight: Up to 17 hours per day, about 1 more hour during the peak of the growing season than California’s prime growing region
- Inches of annual rainfall in Columbia Valley: 6-8
- Percent of wineries making less than 5,000 cases per year: 90%
- Number of AVA’s: 19
All stats of April 2022.
As you can see, Washington reached a huge milestone in 2019 when we reached 1,000 winery licenses. We can’t wait to see where we’ll be in 10, 20, or 50 years from now.
Licensed Wineries Growth over the Years
Wine Grape Acreage Growth
Wine Production Growth
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Is there more data you’re looking for about Washington Wine? Don’t hesitate to reach out to Heather Bradshaw, Communications Director at Washington Wine: [email protected].