WA Wine Resurgence Pt

WA Wine Resurgence Pt

Bob Larson
Bob Larson
From the Ag Information Network, I’m Bob Larson with today’s Fruit Grower Report. The Washington Wine Commission sent a delegation to Germany recently for the biggest trade show anywhere. They wanted to help represent U.S. and Washington wines on the world stage.

The Wine Commission’s Chris Stone says Washington’s wine industry continues to grow in both quantity and quality, and is showing no signs of slowing down …

STONE … “Absolutely not. Yeah, there’s a whole big wide world out there. We just got back from two weeks in Europe for “ProWein” which is the world’s largest wine trade show, and I would say the interests and curiosity about Washington wines has never been higher. People are just really interested and excited about what’s happening here.”

Because, the more you know, Stone says, the better …

STONE … “It’s always good to get out there and honestly, you know, gain some perspective on the world of wine and where Washington’s place is in that world. But yeah, I would say that the interest and enthusiasm for both, really the whole Pacific Northwest and new-world wines was high. And our booth, all the vintners that traveled with us came away feeling really good about the show.”

And this year’s crop, Stone says is looking good … so far …

STONE … “We always, kind of internally, kind of my own personal marker on the calendar is, we’ve got to get through Mother’s Day to where you kind of really kind of relax a little bit and don’t have to worry about any frost or freeze issues. So, we’re getting close.”

Stone this new year has been very positive reminder of what Washington’s wine industry has built over the years and expects it to continue for years to come.

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