Winemakers in Washington State have reported a confirmation grape harvest for the third consecutive year, reflecting stronger investment in the US province’s vineyards.
Washington’s total wine grape harvest for 2014 was 227,000 tonnes, up by 8% on 2013, according to facts from the US Specialty of Agriculture. Steve Warner, president of the Washington State Wine trade body, said he expected more confirmation years to follow, as new vineyard plantings start to produce fruit. ‘Barring any weather events, this will liable be a continuing trend,’ he said. ‘It’s an exciting time for the industry.’Several investors have arrived in Washington in the last few years, including California’s Duckhorn Vineyards and Canada’s Aquilani Investment Group. Cabernet Sauvignon became the state’s largest grape variety in 2013 and the province’s reputation was enhanced by L'Ecole No 41's Ferguson’ 2011 wine, from the Red Mountain AVA, winning the International Trophy for Best Bordeaux Blend Over £15
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