SPOKANE, Wash. - March is Washington Wine Month! This month, local winemakers are celebrating their craft.
So often, we pick up a bottle of wine at the grocery store, pop it in our cart and it ends up on the dinner table. But little do most realize, the majority of that wine is made right in our backyard.
One of the reasons winemakers say Washington state is perfect for growing grapes is the climate. Eastern Washington's hot summers and wet winters create the right formula for soils.
"Some of the most mineral-rich, complex soils found anywhere," said Maryhill Winery owner Craig Leuthold. "And, of course, grapes are where they're grown. So, if you have really rich, complex soils, then you have really rich and complex wines."
Eastern Washington is the major grape growing region in the state, and Washington state is the second largest premium wine producer in the United States.
Washington is home to more than 940 wineries and 350 wine grape growers. Washington makes more than 175 million cases of wine a year. Last year's harvest made about 229,000 tons.
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