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Washington State Wine Varieties

Washington Whites

Washington produces nearly 70 wine grape varieties - a ratio of about 36% white and 64% red. As the industry matures and experiments, it finds many grape varieties that thrive throughout Washington's micro-climates. 

Other Whites

GEWÜRZTRAMINER
222 acres
90 hectares

Washington success story because of its ability to withstand the cold winters, Gewürztraminer typically offers allspice, tropical fruit with zesty aromas and flavors. Previously made only in an off-dry, or slightly sweet style, Gewürztraminer is now being explored by Washington winemakers in dry styles that retain its rich aromatics.

 

SEMILLON
95 acres
38 hectares

Washington is known for its Semillon, and while this wine is most often enjoyed young, Washington Semillons are known to age beautifully into rich, honeyed, nutty wines. When young, it offers a broad spectrum of flavors, ranging from crisp citrus to melon and fig, and fresh pears to vanillin. A wine with somewhat lower acidity than Sauvignon Blanc, Semillon is luscious, yet light. Its lower acidity makes it more susceptible to botrytis, resulting in a fair number of late-harvest bottlings.
 

PINOT GRIS
1,779 acres
720 hectares

 

VIOGNIER
115 acres
47 hectares


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CHENIN BLANC
Müller-Thurgau
Madeleine Angevine
Siegerrebe
Muscat Ottonel
Orange Muscat
Muscat Canelli
Aligote

Washington Reds

Washington produces nearly 70 wine grape varieties - a ratio of about 36% white to 64% percent red. As the industry matures and experiments, it finds many grape varieties that thrive throughout Washington's micro-climates. There are over 35,000 vineyard acres of red wine varieties statewide. Those most common in Washington are:
Other Reds

CABERNET FRANC
674 acres
273 hectares

Long considered primarily a blending grape, Cabernet Franc has recently captured the attention of Washington's winemakers. A hardy grape, Cabernet Franc has been of primary value for the sturdy core and firm tannins it adds to softer wines. On its own, it offers delicious, spicy notes with mellow coffee and intense blueberry fruit. Washington vineyard acreage devoted to Cabernet Franc has grown six-fold in the past few years.
 

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Malbec
Pinot Noir
Sangiovese
Lemberger (Blue Franc)
Grenache
Zinfandel
Barbera
Petit Verdot
Nebbiolo
Mourvèdre
Petit Sirah

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