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Washington Wine Grape Harvest Hits Record High In 2016

March 2, 2017

Washington’s wine grape harvest was up 22% to 270,000 tons for 2016, marking a record high for the state, according to the Washington State Wine Commission. Production of red varietals grew 39% last year, accounting for nearly 60% of the state’s overall harvest, while Washington’s white varietals posted a rise of 3%. The state’s top producing grape at 71,100 tons, Cabernet Sauvignon emerged as the biggest driver of red varietal growth, adding more than 23,000 tons compared to the year prior. Other key Washington varietals included Merlot (48,400 tons), Chardonnay (45,000 tons) and Riesling (41,300 tons). —Christina Jelski

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