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Washington State Announces Record Wine Grape Harvest for 2016

By March 20, 2017Top News

Washington State’s 2016 wine grape harvest totaled 270,000 tons, a 22-percent increase from 2015 and the biggest harvest in the state’s history, according to the Washington State Wine Commission’s Annual Grape Production Report. Red varieties produced more tons than white with 58 percent of the harvest. The largest share of this growth was cabernet sauvignon with an increase of 23,700 tons from the previous year. Cabernet sauvignon and merlot ranked the highest in tons of red varieties; chardonnay and riesling ranked highest in tons of white grapes. Washington also surpassed 900 winery licenses in 2016.

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