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Washington Wine Industry Produces Record Harvest

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Washington is growing more wine grapes than ever. Washington is growing more wine grapes than ever.

BENTON CITY, WA - Washington is growing more wine grapes than ever.

The industry reached record-breaking numbers for wine production in 2013 and its allowing wine makers to satisfy the thirst for Washington wines all over the world.

"Grapes are growing almost everywhere now. But in reality, really, really good grapes there are not that many sites for them. Washington can grow really, really, really good grapes," said Scott Williams, winemaker at Kiona Winery.

These grapes are so good that production keeps growing every year.

In 2013, Washington wineries harvested a record 210,000 tons of grapes.

Winemakers projected that number or more would be produced and say it's no surprise to see huge volumes of vino coming out of Washington.

Kiona Winery on Red Mountain is a prime location to produce quality wines and the winery is filling up bottle after bottle.

From vine to bottle, this exciting growth in production is helping wine makers meet the growing demand for Washington state wine worldwide.

"In a very short period of time, basically a generation, Washington has become known as a world-class wine growing region. And in order to sustain that, you need to be able to make enough wine to sell world class and worldwide," Williams said.

Williams says, growth is good and to compete in the global marketplace, Washington winemakers need to grow considerably more wine to keep up.

He says the mission statement for the industry is to triple the economic impact wine makes for Washington state.

He says Washington holds a firm second place behind California in U.S. production and predicts within the next decade there will be one thousand wineries in our state.

"Makes you think you've grown up. We've done it long enough and done it well enough to garner corporate attention. To me it's validation of what we're doing," Williams said.

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