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Last week marked the beginning of this year’s grape harvest. From the Wahluke Slope in Mattawa to the Walla Walla Valley, grapes are being harvesting. Most varieties of grapes that are harvested first are Chardonnay, Savignon Blanc, and Merlot. According to an article from Wine Press Northwest, the grapes are about 9 days ahead of last year. This is more in line with normal vintage. If you are looking for more information on Yakima Valley or Washington Wines, or are interested in making homemade wines, visit www.thefruitpress.com. They have two varieties of Wine Presses for sale.

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Sales of Washington State wines have increased 9.1% by value over the past year. This data is from a recent Nielson report for the period of July 2008 to July 2009. The 9.1% growth figure is twice as much as total wine sales, which say a 4.7% increase by value. Sales by volume is also up by 6.4% which is almost 3 times as large as overall wine sales by volume which grew by 2.4% over the same time period. Washington State contains over 32,000 acres of planted grapes with varieties such as Cabernet Sauvignon, Chardonnay, Reisling, Merlot, and Syrah leading the way as far as total acres planted.

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Washington State currently has 11 wine appellations and has a least one other area that will be added soon. In 1983, the Yakima Valley appellation was the first established in the state and is home to more than 60 wineries. The Walla Walla appellation was the second established area in 1984. Walla Walla has been growing grapes since the mid 19th century. Other appellations around Washington State include Columbia Valley, Puget Sound, Red Mountain, Columbia Gorge, Horse Haven Hills, Wahluke Slope, Rattlesnake Hills, Snipes Mountain, & Lake Chelan.

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