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Washington State Wine Fast Facts

National rank:
2nd largest premium wine producer in the United States

Number of wineries:
900+

Number of wine grape growers:
350+

Varieties produced:
40+ varietals

Number of AVA's:
14

Ratio of red to white:
49% white to 51% red

Wine production:
Approx. 16 million cases

Wine grape acreage:
50,000+ acres

Record harvest:
2014 with 227,000 tons

Most recent harvest:
2015 with 222,000 tons

Total Economic Impact:
$4.8 billion in 2013

Wine market segment:
Washington State is focused on the premium wine market segment (wines sold for $8 and higher).

Average hours of summer sunlight:
16 hours per day, about 1 more hour than California's prime growing region

Annual rainfall:
Eight inches (20.32 cm) in Eastern Washington (the major grape growing region) 48 inches (121.92 cm) in Western Washington

Top White Varietals

Riesling

Chardonnay

Pinot Gris

Sauvignon Blanc

Gewurtraminer

Viognier

Semillon

Chenin Blanc

Top Red Varietals

Cabernet Sauvignon

Merlot

Syrah

Cabernet Franc

Malbec

Sangiovese

Petit Verdot

Pinot Noir

Growth

Wine grape acreage growth

 

Acreage data provided by the Washington Association of Wine Grape Growers (WAWGG) unless otherwise noted

  • 1993 - 11,100 acres (4,492 hectares)
  • 1997 - 17,000 acres (6,880 hectares)
  • 1999 - 24,000 acres (9,712 hectares)
  • 2002 - 28,000 acres (11,331 hectares)
  • 2003 - 29,000 acres (11,736 hectares)
  • 2004 - 30,000 acres (12,140 hectares)
  • 2005 - 30,000 acres (12,140 hectares)
  • 2006 - 31,000 acres (12,545 hectares)
  • 2007 - 31,000 acres (12,545 hectares)
  • 2008 - 34,000 acres (13,759 hectares)
  • 2009 - 36,000 acres (14,568 hectares)
  • 2010 - 40,000 acres (16,187 hectares)
  • 2011 - 43,000 acres (17,401 hectares)
  • 2012 - 43,000 acres (17,401 hectares)
  • 2013 - Approx. 50,000 acres (20,234 hectares)
 

Winery growth

 
  • 1981 - 19 wineries
  • 1996 - 80 wineries
  • 1997 - 101 wineries
  • 1998 - 129 wineries
  • 1999 - 160 wineries
  • 2000 - 163 wineries
  • 2001 - 170 wineries
  • 2002 - 208 wineries
  • 2003 - 240 wineries
  • 2004 - 300 wineries
  • 2005 - 360 wineries
  • 2006 - 460 wineries
  • 2007 - 540 wineries
  • 2008 - 580 wineries
  • 2009 - 650 wineries
  • 2010 - 700 wineries
  • 2011 - 740 wineries
  • 2012 - 760 wineries
  • 2013 - 800 wineries
  • 2014 - 850 wineries
  • 2015 - 890 wineries
  • 2016 - 900 wineries
 

Wine production growth

 
  • 1985 - 17,000 tons
  • 1996 - 35,000 tons
  • 1997 - 62,000 tons
  • 1998 - 70,000 tons
  • 1999 - 70,000 tons
  • 2000 - 90,000 tons
  • 2001 - 100,000 tons
  • 2002 - 115,000 tons
  • 2003 - 112,000 tons
  • 2004 - 107,000 tons
  • 2005 - 110,000 tons
  • 2006 - 120,000 tons
  • 2007 - 127,000 tons
  • 2008 - 145,000 tons
  • 2009 - 156,000 tons
  • 2010 - 160,000 tons
  • 2011 - 142,000 tons
  • 2012 - 188,000 tons
  • 2013 - 210,000 tons
  • 2014 - 227,000 tons
  • 2015 - 222,000 tons


Last updated May 2016