Wine Commission: Washington’s Harvest Smaller In 2020 But Quality Was High

According to the Washington state Wine Commission, the wine grape harvest was slightly smaller last year, but the quality was still high. The Commission’s annual Grape Production Report, compiled with information provided by all Washington State wineries, showed 178,500 tons of wine grapes were harvested in 2020, an 11% decrease compared to 2019. “The smaller […]

Royal Slope Designated AVA

Washington now has a 15th American Viticultural Area. The Alcohol and Tobacco Tax and Trade Bureau made it official Wednesday, designating the Royal Slope area as a designated wine grape-growing region. To qualify as an AVA, a wine grape-growing region must be distinguishable by features such as climate, soil, elevation and physical features. One month after […]

Bachelors In Viticulture And Enology Now At Option At WSU

Students can now earn a bachelor’s degree in Viticulture and Enology from Washington State University. WSU officials announced last week that the Northwest Commission on Colleges and Universities has given the final approval to make the Bachelor of Science degree official. WSU Board of Regents approved the new Bachelor of Science degree in May. “We’re […]

Warner: 2019 Wine Harvest Numbers Lower, But Still Encouraging

Despite that early season frost was saw last year in late September and early October, it appears the 2019 Washington wine grape harvest was a good one. Washington state Wine Commission President Steve Warner said that early chill cost some growers volume, but it looks like the quality will be outstanding. “For the most part, […]

Despite Big Impact, Warner Confident Washington Wineries Will Bounce Back From COVID-19

Wine is one of the sectors of the agriculture industry that has seen the most direct hit from social distancing practices because of the coronavirus outbreak. Tasting rooms across Washington have closed down amid Governor Jay Inslee’s Stay Home order, preventing consumers from the experience of wine tasting weekends. However, as Steve Warner, President and […]

Washington Reported Smaller Wine Grape Harvest In 2019

Washington State’s wine grape harvest came in smaller compared to previous years, but according to the state Wine Commission, the quality of the fruit was very high. The annual Grape Production Report, released Thursday shows that 201,000 tons were harvested in 2019, a 23% year-over-year drop. “Mother Nature served a series of unfortunate frost events […]

Washington Wine Industry Looking To Create Specialty Plate

The Washington apple is not the only commodity trying to get on a license plate. The Washington Wine Institute, in partnership with the Washington State Wine Commission, is working in Olympia this session to create a specialty license plate.  If approved, revenue from the plate would be donated to the Washington Tourism Alliance to support […]

Washington Hits 1,000 Wineries

The Washington wine industry hit a major milestone recently.  According to the Washington State liquor and Cannabis Board, the Evergreen state has surpassed the 1,000 active winery licenses mark.   “To think about where we started and where we are today is absolutely thrilling,” said Steve Warner, President of Washington State Wine. “From humble beginnings, […]