Wine Industry Update Part 2

Wine Industry Update Part 2

 Wine Industry Update Part 2. I’m Greg Martin with today’s Fruit Grower Report.

The Washington Wine Commission recently releases statistics from the 2010 wine season and there has been a continual growth in the industry as the Washington State Liquor Control Board licensed the state’s 700th winery, up from 360 wineries just five years ago and that the Washington State Department of Agriculture declared that Washington State has now planted more than 40,000 acres of wine grapes across the state, reflecting an increase of roughly 2,000 acres per year over the past five years and 2010 was a record breaking year when it came to the grape harvest with a 3% increase over the 2009 crop. Washington wines were chosen by a couple of respected wine magazines for their outstanding vintage including Food & Wine magazine. After naming a Washington State winemaker as its Winemaker of the Year in 2009, named a Washington State winery as its Best New Winery in America for 2010. And then Wine Spectator magazine, after naming a Washington State wine as #1 on its annual Top 100 list last year, devoted an entire cover story to Washington State in 2010. The Washington State Wine Commission – a state government agency – represents every grape grower and every winery in Washington State and promotes the state’s wines locally, nationally and internationally.

So if you are looking for a really good bottle of wine make sure you check out delicious Washington wines.

That’s today’s Fruit Grower Report. I’m Greg Martin on the Ag Information Network.

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