Washington state saw an all-time high grape crush in 2013

Washington state saw an all-time high grape crush in 2013

The US state of Washington saw a record harvest in 2013 as its total grape crush rose by 12%. 

Total grape production in the Pacifiic Northwest state hit 210,000 tons, trade body Washington State Wine said today (4 March) flagging figures from the US Department of Agriculture. Cabernet Sauvignon saw the largest increase out of Washington's varietals, with production up 19% to 42,600 tons. 

It was the first time since 2010 that production of Cabernet Sauvignon grapes were higher than Chardonnay, the trade group noted. 

Overall, production of red varieties rose 13% in 2013 on the prior year, while white production increased by 10%. 

Steve Warner, Washington State Wine’s president said: “Grape tonnage (in Washington) has increased steadily since 2011, and as more acreage comes into production, we expect this will be the trend for some time.”

Last month, California also reported a record 2013 crush, with Chardonnay the most harvested grape varietal