Since the first commercial winery was created in Washington State the 1960s, a $3 billion industry has developed, making Washington second only to California in United States wine production. With more consistently top-rated wines in the leading publications than other popular wine regions and a natural landscape for viticulture, it's no wonder why a new winery crops up in Washington State almost every two weeks!
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From long-established, large-yield family wineries to tiny, brand new boutique winemakers, Washington encompasses a diverse portfolio of wine production. You can find wineries up and down the coast, from Puget Sound inland to Columbia Gorge and Yakima Valley, and all the way west to Walla Walla Valley. The state's 9 federally-designated appellations, or American Viticultural Areas (A.V.A.s), support 31,000 acres of vines and cover a wide variety of microclimes, soil makeup, and geographical features. Washington state produces more than 20 different varietals, with each appellation (and each winery) specializing in their own unique products. Some of the more popular varietals include Chardonnay, Riesling, Merlot, Cabernet, and Syrah, but the ever-innovative Washington winemakers never stop exploring new possibilities. With over 500 wineries consistently producing delectably well-balanced vintages each year, you can be sure of fine wines coming out of Washington for centuries to come.