Newhouse Reaction to 1,000 Winery Milestone

Newhouse Reaction to 1,000 Winery Milestone

Bob Larson
Bob Larson
With today’s Fruit Grower Report, I’m Bob Larson. Reaction to recent news that Washington state is now home to over 1,000 wineries continues to come in.

As Co-Chair of the Congressional Wine Caucus, U.S. Representative Dan Newhouse thinks the news just shows the great strides we are making industry-wide …

NEWHOUSE … “It’s really exciting. You know, Washington state has an ideal climate for producing world-class wines and consumers are discovering that. And, the evidence of the success of our industry is the growth in, not only wine grape growing, but the number of wineries that are now open. I think it’s just over a thousand wineries.”

Newhouse says it truly is a bright spot in Washington agriculture …

NEWHOUSE … “Like I said, we have an ideal climate and geographical conditions. Our soils are unique and there’s a growing following of wines that originate in the state of Washington and we’ve got a really bright future.”

And, Newhouse says it makes him proud …

NEWHOUSE … “Yeah, I couldn’t be more excited about being a co-chairman of the Wine Caucus and representing the wine industry here in Washington D.C. It’s a fun industry to be a part of. I’m a wine grape grower myself and truly enjoy promoting the wine industry.”

The Sunnyside Republican serves as co-chair of the Wine Caucus alongside California Democrat Mike Thompson.

Besides our 1,000 wineries, Washington state also boasts more than 350 wine grape growers.

Washington State University is one of only 14 universities in the U.S. to offer a viticulture and enology degree.

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