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Welcome to Washington – The Unsung Heroes of American wine
It was 200 years ago that pioneering explorers Meriweather Lewis and William Clark traversed the amazing terrain of Washington State. The same vistas that captivated them then, remain today, but modern explorers discover something our early visitors never witnessed: Washington State is one of the world’s most dynamic wine regions.
Washing State is diverse: We cultivate nearly 70 grape varieties, including Riesling, Chardonnay, Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot and Syrah. With 14 unique growing regions, Washington State is a mosaic of landscapes, from evergreen coasts and snow-capped mountains to a vast sagebrush desert where the sun shines 300 days a year. Diversity is a part of our culture – our wine industry ties creative people from different backgrounds and several countries around the world.
Washington State is ambitious: Home to global giants Microsoft, Starbucks, Costco and Amazon, Washington State is a place of tremendous vision and drive. Our wine industry reflects this. Our innovative growers and winemakers broke ground in a vast, wild territory where conventional wisdom said they could not. And they have expanded that work to create America’s second-largest wine region, with more than 59,000 acres of vines and more than 1,000 wineries.
Washington State is genuine: Our winemakers and grape growers live and work in small towns where old homes, beautiful barns and converted mills reflect the American west. They are active in their communities, connected to the land and eager to share their stories. When stopped in a tasting room, the person you see walking in the vineyard, driving a forklift or opening bottles behind the counter is often the owner or winemaker. Our wines echo this authenticity – rare natural conditions permit cultivation without the common, manipulative practice of vine grafting or intensive use of chemicals. We harvest the purest expression possible for every wine.
Washington State is integrated: Because vineyards and wineries here are often spread across hundreds of miles, grape growers and vintners must work in tandem. From individual vine rows reserved for specific winemakers to fully-fledged joint-ownership projects, our region is one of shared endeavors. And our wines exhibit that spirit of integration, combining the vibrant fruit character expected of American wine with the defined structure typical of the Old World.
Washington State’s Mission: On behalf of the state of Washington from the Pacific Northwest USA, and its wineries and growers, the mission of the Washington State Wine Commission is to raise awareness and demand for Washington State wine through marketing and education, while supporting viticulture and enology research to drive industry growth.
Washington State Unsung Hereos Tasting March 10
Join us on 10th March 2020 in London for Washington State Wine’s UK tasting featuring over 20 wineries and importers landing from the Pacific Northwest USA to present wines from 14 AVAs from all over the state.
Date: Tuesday March 10 2020
Time: 10.30am – 5.30pm Venue: The Hansom, Kings Cross Renaissance Hotel, London, NW1 2AR
- The Washington State Wine Commission represents every licensed winery and every wine grape grower in Washington State. Guided by an appointed board, the Commission provides a marketing platform to raise positive awareness of the Washington State wine industry and generate greater demand for its wines. Funded almost entirely by the industry – through assessments based on grape and wine sales – the Commission is a state government agency, established by the legislature in 1987.