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Washington Wine Industry Facts

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

Wine-related wages paid :
$350.2 million

Full-time equivalent wine-related jobs :

11,250

Estimated 2002 production:

6 million cases (63.6 million/750 ml bottles) -
$725.4 million retail value

Impact to state economy :
$2.4 billion annually

Five Appellations :
Washington has five major American Viticultural Areas (AVA) as recognized and defined by the United States Treasury Department, Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, and Firearms.

1. Yakima Valley - 1983
2. Walla Walla Valley - 1984
3. Columbia Valley - 1984
4. Puget Sound - 1995
5. Red Mountain - 2001

Premium Wine Market Segment
:
Washington State is focused on the premium wine market segment (wines sold for $8 and higher), which is similar to other premier wine regions - New Zealand and Napa Valley. Washington State is comparable to these areas
in terms of size and quality.

Napa Valley, CA

Wine grape acreage -
40,000 acres

Number of
Napa Valley wineries - 232

New Zealand
Wine grape acreage -
27,000 acres

Number of
New Zealand wineries - 340

 
 
Wine Grape Acreage Growth


  • 1993 -
    11,100 acres
  • 1997 -
    17,000 acres
  • 1999 -
    24,000 acres
  • 2002 -
    28,000 acres
  • 2003
    29,000 acres
 

Washington Wine in Brief

National rank: 2nd in premium wine production in the US

Number of wineries:
240+

Number wine
grape growers:
:
300+

Varieties produced:
15 varietals

Leading Red varietals:
Merlot, Cabernet Sauvignon, Syrah, Cabernet Franc, Sangiovese

Leading White varietals:
Chardonnay, Riesling, Sauvignon Blanc, Semillon, Viognier

Record Harvest:
2002- 109,750 tons

Wome Production:
17 million gallons
or 64.3 million liters

Grapevine Acreage:
28,000

Ratio of red to white:
57% red/ 43% white

Total economic impact on Washington State:
$2.4 billion

Total retail value:
$725.4 million


 

 

 
Winery Growth

  • 1981 - 19 wineries
  • 1996 - 80 wineries
  • 1997 - 100 wineries
  • 1998 - 129 wineries
  • 1999 - 151 wineries
  • 2000 - 163 wineries

  • 2001 - 170 wineries

  • 2002 - 208 wineries

  • 2003 240 wineries
 
Wine Production Growth

  • 1981 -
    2 million gallons
  • 1996 -
    7 million gallons
  • 1997 -
    7.5 million gallons
  • 1998 -
    9 million gallons
  • 1999 -
    10 million gallons
  • 2000 -
    11 million gallons
  • 2001 -
    15.5 million gallons
  • 2002
    17 million gallons