Washington wine stands out as the second best in quality, in the United States, after California. After it began its process in 1825, wine grapes were grown in this region extensively, to produce exquisite wines. Washington has outstanding irrigation facilities, which are supported by the melting snowcaps, covering the mountains.
The new trend in Washington wines was set by the visionary farmers and home winemakers and this has taken it to next huge stride in the wine industry.
This growth has led to the development of large number of Washington wineries that has resulted in producing high quality wines.
Washington wines are federally awarded with AVAs (American Viticultural Areas) providing iconic wines. The climate of Washington plays key role in the success of the wine industry. The region has a cool-climate with marine air flowing across the Coastal Range towards the Cascade Range.
This has helped in the rise of clouds that increase the moisture of the region, resulting in snow fall or rain fall. Moreover, the region is surrounded by mountains that help in protecting rainy and moist clouds to provide adequate support in wine production. This results in the arid climate that is characterized by long daytime, during the growing season to help in the growth of the premium wine grape varieties. Hence, this wine has, fully ripened grapes, flavors, stable alcoholic content and delightful aroma.
Washington wines are the major producer of white wines. But with the growing craze for red wines, wine makers have started to concentrate on growing Chardonnay, Merlot and Riesling varieties. These varieties are very soft and sensitive to frosty climates that are induced by the wine producers, to cultivate harder Cabernet Franc and Cabernet Sauvignon. This has resulted in the making of Bordeaux blends of wine, to attract people.
Sooner, Syrah has grabbed the attention of wine lovers and has now produced around 80 grape varieties, cultivated in Washington. Some of the varieties like Pinot Noir, Zinfandael, Semillon, Grenache, Petite Syrah, Sangiovese, Merlot, Chardonnay, Tempranillo and the likes are planted in and around the region.
Washington Wine Brands
Started in the 1990s, this wine is highly appreciated in the Syrah wine type in the industry. The wine produced by them is richly aromatic, savory, saline and black olive in color with high mineral contents.
This wine brand is known for Bordeaux-style blend and is made from Merlot and Sauvignon. This wine gets better after maturing in the cellar from, DuBrul Vineyard.
Grand Reve Vintners
This type promotes Rhone-style wine blend that uses Mourvedre, Syrah and Grenache varietals. They provide fresh, good-looking, flavor and aromatic wines that are produced from Ciel du Cheval Vineyard.
Reynvaan Family Vineyards
Considered the top contenders in the Washington wine industry, it has its vineyards in Walla Walla valley. The wine has characteristics of savory, aroma with lilies, umami flavors and rich olive juice with iron content.
Betz Family Winery
The wine brand is made using Grenache that is blended with Cinsault, Syrah and Mourvedre. It is rich in pepper stains, milk chocolate taste, fresh raspberries and ample tannins and has huge fans from different regions.