latest NASS stats: Riesling #1 wine grape harvested in WA in 2010

Lastest National Agricultural Statistics Service grape data for the mighty State of Washington are in and Riesling was the number one varietal harvested in total tons in 2010. An incredible performance considering that I suspect the total Riesling tonnage was down due to a heavy Botrytis pressure.  Here is the list:

#1: Riesling: 33.5K tons +4.4% vs 2009, prices slightly up vs 2009

#2: Cabernet Sauvignon: 31.9K tons, +15.6%, prices slightly up

#3: Chardonnay: 28.6K tons, -14.4%, prices slightly up

#4: Merlot: 28.3K tons, +14.1%, prices slightly up

#5: Syrah: 10.9K tons, +9%, prices slightly up

Overall the State is estimated to have harvested 160,000 tons or about 10.4 Million cases. Riesling alone was probably about 2.2 million cases. Below is an estimate of where it went:

- Chateau St Michelle and friends (Snoqualmie, Columbia Crest, Eroica program): 1.1 Million

- Hogue: 0.25M

- Pacific Rim: 0.16M (that one I know for sure)

- Ascentia (Covey Run+Columbia): 0.14M

- all others: 0.55M

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