KENNEWICK, WA - The production of wine grapes set another state record this year; harvest is up 16% from last year's record.
According to the Washington Association of Wine Grape Growers, an estimated 218,000 tons of wine grapes were crushed this year.
The total amount of Washington wine grapes, including white and red varieties, is up by about 30 tons from last year, when wineries crushed about 188,000 tons. Last year's crop was 32% larger than it was in 2011.
Washington is the nation's 2nd-largest producer of premium wines after California.