Arrow-right Camera

The Spokesman-Review Newspaper The Spokesman-Review

Spokane, Washington  Est. May 19, 1883
Partly Cloudy Night 36° Partly Cloudy
News >  Washington

Washington reaches 1,000 winery licenses

Yolanda Gil harvests Merlot wine grapes Sept. 16, 2014, at the Dineen Vineyards in Zillah, Wash. (Gordon King / Yakima Herald-Republic)
Yolanda Gil harvests Merlot wine grapes Sept. 16, 2014, at the Dineen Vineyards in Zillah, Wash. (Gordon King / Yakima Herald-Republic)
Associated Press

Washington state’s wine industry reached a major milestone when it surpassed 1,000 active winery licenses recently.

In the early 1980s there were only 20 wineries in the state. The number reached 74 by 2000 and has grown dramatically since.

The Washington State Liquor and Cannabis Board said that as of this month it has 1,010 active winery licenses.

The industry continues to grow rapidly. Twenty years ago the state had 24,000 acres of wine grapes and produced 70,000 tons of grapes. Today there are 59,000 acres of vineyards and they produce 260,000 tons of grapes.

The trade group Washington State Wine said the industry generates about $2.4 billion in revenue each year.

The Spokesman-Review Newspaper

Local journalism is essential.

Give directly to The Spokesman-Review's Northwest Passages community forums series -- which helps to offset the costs of several reporter and editor positions at the newspaper -- by using the easy options below. Gifts processed in this system are not tax deductible, but are predominately used to help meet the local financial requirements needed to receive national matching-grant funds.

Subscribe to the Coronavirus newsletter

Get the day’s latest Coronavirus news delivered to your inbox by subscribing to our newsletter.


Annual health and dental insurance enrollment period open now

 (Courtesy Washington Healthplanfinder)
Sponsored

2020 has been a stressful year for myriad reasons.