2020 Washington wine grape production totaled 178,500 tons, 11% decrease from 2019
- Cabernet Sauvignon was the top producing variety grown in the state at 52,000 tons or 29% of the total. Chardonnay was ranked second, at 28,100 tons or 16% of the total. Both varieties showed a decrease from prior year, with a decrease of 3% for Cabernet Sauvignon and 16% for Chardonnay.
- Red varieties accounted for 59% of the total production, same as the past 4 years.
- Overall red varieties experienced a drop of 12% while white varieties experienced a 10% decrease. The most significant decrease in varieties were Semillon reflecting a 24% decrease, and Merlot reflecting a 25% decrease compared to 2019.
- Growers received an average of $1,495 per ton for all varieties in 2020, an increase of $180 over the previous year. Red varieties reflected a fairly significant increase in average price per ton across all varieties. Pinot Noir reflected the most significant increase in price up 51% from 2019 and Cabernet Sauvignon reflected the highest dollar increase up $388 per ton from 2019, pushing the average price per ton over $2,000 for the first time.
- Of all the published varieties, Cabernet Franc received the highest average price per ton at $2,167.
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