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Washington State Wine Fast Facts

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

Number of wineries:
1,000+

Number of wine grape growers:
400+

Varieties produced:
70+

Number of AVA's:
14

Ratio of red to white:
59% red to 41% white

Wine production:
Approx. 17.5 million cases

Wine grape acreage:
59,000+ acres

Record harvest:
2016 with 272,000 tons

Most recent harvest:
2018 with 261,000 tons

Total Economic Impact:
$7 Billion

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:
6-8 inches in Eastern Washington (the major grape growing region) 35-38 inches (96 cm) in Western Washington

Last updated October 2019

Top White Varietals

Riesling

Chardonnay

Pinot Gris

Sauvignon Blanc

Gewürztraminer

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 - 50,000 acres (20,234 hectares)
  • 2016 - 55,000 (22,257 hectares)
  • 2019 - 59,000 (23,876 hectares)
 

Winery growth

 
  • 1981 - 19 wineries
  • 2000 - 74 wineries
  • 2001 - 100 wineries
  • 2002 - 130 wineries
  • 2003 - 159 wineries
  • 2004 - 178 wineries
  • 2005 - 215 wineries
  • 2006 - 250 wineries
  • 2007 - 296 wineries
  • 2008 - 337 wineries
  • 2009 - 386 wineries
  • 2010 - 441 wineries
  • 2011 - 474 wineries
  • 2012 - 515 wineries
  • 2013 - 564 wineries
  • 2014 - 642 wineries
  • 2015 - 694 wineries
  • 2016 - 760 wineries
  • 2017 - 854 wineries
  • 2018 - 944 wineries
  • 2019 - 1,000+ 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
  • 2016 - 270,000 tons
  • 2017 - 229,000 tons
  • 2018 - 261,000 tons


Last updated October 2019

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