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Statshot: Washington wineries, restaurants pack economic punch

By Seattle Business Magazine May 14, 2023

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This article originally appeared in the May/June 2023 issue of Seattle magazine.

It’s probably the last thing on your mind when dining at your favorite restaurant or enjoying a Pinot at your go-to winery, but you’re providing a big boost to Washington’s economy.

  • 2: National rank as wine producer in U.S.
  • 80: Varieties produced
  • 90: Percent of wineries making fewer than 5,000 cases per year
  • 400: Wine grape growers
  • 1,050: Licensed wineries
  • 60,000: Wine grape acreage
  • 240K: Tons of grapes harvested in 2022
  • 17M: Cases of wine produced annually
  • $8B: Annual economic impact
  • 290,400: Eating and drinking jobs
  • 16,576: Eating and drinking locations
  • $19.5B: Eating and drinking sales
  • 9%: Percentage of total employment in state
Sources:  Washington state Wine Commission;  National Restaurant Association



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