Did you know that Washington state wine producing regions are located on about the same latitude as some of the great French wine regions of Bordeaux and Burgundy? Not only do Washington wines receive accolades for their superb quality, the wine industry holds a big economic impact as well, and it’s growing – fast.
According to a recent study released by the Washington State Wine Commission, the industry’s in state value more than doubled between 2007 and 2010, growing from $3 billion to $8.6 billion.
In addition, Washington’s total wine production (in tons) for 2010 was ranked second nationally, behind only California, the top producer in the nation. The industry also employed an estimated 30,000 within the state and an added 70,000 nationally.
The wineries of Washington attract a wealth of tourism each year, with over 2.4 million wine-related tourists visiting the state each year. These tourists spend nearly $1.1 billion throughout the state, a big contribution to our economic vitality.
Salute to Washington State wines!