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Tag: wineries


Wine industry taking root in the South Sound

Today’s editorial looks at the Washington wine industry and its phenomenal growth in the last few years. Most of the growth, of course, has happened in Eastern Washington, where the grapes are primarily grown, and in the Woodinville area, home to many wineries that cropped up around Chateau Ste. Michelle.

But Pierce County has a fair number of wineries, most of which import their grapes from east of the mountains (as do the Woodinville wineries). The Washington Wine Commission map shows them. Click on the pins, which brings up a window to “view profile.” That gives the name,

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Wine industry’s a bright spot for state during tough times

This editorial will appear in Monday’s print edition.

This seems a timely moment to lift a glass and toast a rising star in the state’s economy – the Washington wine industry.

Even during the recession and two harsh winters in a row (2009 and 2010) that slammed Eastern Washington vineyards, the wine industry continued to expand. Today, according to a new study, its value to the state economy has grown almost three times from what it was just five years ago – a period that overlaps the worst economic downturn since the Great Depression.

According to the study, conducted for the Washington State Wine Commission by a California wine-industry consulting firm, Washington’s wine industry contributed $8.6 billion to the state’s economy in 2011, compared with $3 billion in 2007. Read more »