Washington State Wine: Quick Facts

As mentioned in an earlier post, we attended media day for Taste Washington recently. We were given an electronic press kit (in a really cool flash drive in the shape of a wine bottle) that contained some quick facts about Washington state wine. The facts — courtesy of the Washington Wine Commission — are pretty interesting, so I wanted to share them with you.

Quick Facts

• Washington State ranks second nationally in wine production

• Washington State wineries: 534 today

• Washington State wine grape growers: 350

• The Washington State wine industry contributes more than $3 billion to the state economy annually

• Full-time equivalent wine-related jobs:14,000

• Wine-related wages paid: more than $466.4 million

• Estimated 2004 production has a retail value of more than $684.9 million

• Leading red varieties: Merlot, Cabernet Sauvignon, Syrah, Cabernet Franc, Sangiovese

• Leading white varieties: Chardonnay, Riesling, Sauvignon Blanc, Semillon, Viognier

• Red to white wine grape ratio: 56% white to 44% red


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About Margot

Margot has been writing about wine since 1997 at KOIN-TV in Portland, Oregon; ten years later, she created this blog. Write for Wine focuses on the fine wines of Washington state, with occasional posts about other northwest wine regions (Oregon and B.C.), California, ANZ and Bordeaux. A former national journalist in Canada, Margot has been a Washington wine enthusiast since moving to Seattle in 1999. Her motto: “It’s wine o’clock somewhere.”