2015 Grape Production Report
The National Ag Statistics Service has released their 2015 Washington Wine Grape survey. Steve Warner, President of the Washington Wine Commission says even though there is a decrease in overall production the report is still good news.
WARNER: Considering the quality of the vintage has been, so far, amazing and you know, 2% down when you look at the trends over the last five years is really right in line with the trends. Overall we've been growing 11 to 12% per year over the last five years so I think it's still healthy growth.
The report breaks down the different varietals and Warner talks about any changes.
WARNER: We've been seeing a lot of strong growth out of some of the red varietals in particular. Cabernet has been growing roughly 20% per year over the last five years. But even the whites, chardonnay's up 10% per year over the last five years and riesling about 9% so we're seeing healthy growth across all the varietals and we're pretty well evenly split. We're now 49% white, 51% red.
The big factor this year in the decline was the drought which affected all of agriculture.
WARNER: If you just talk tonnage over the last five years, we've grown almost 60%. And then if you talk quality, we've had six straight years of having the highest percentage of 90+ rated wines compared to France, Italy, Spain, California and Oregon and all indications are that the '13-'14 and even '15 vintages are going to be amazing quality as well.
That's today's Fruit Grower Report. I'm Greg Martin on the Ag Information Network of the West.