Washington State, a long-term solution to California's drought for grape growers
Currently, California's drought conditions and above average temperatures have greatly contributed to healthy grape yields and excellent vintages. Grapes need to suffer in order to produce high quality and terroir driven wines. However, with no end in sight to the drought, from a long term perspective, growing grapes in California might become too expensive. Winegrowers and wineries such as Duckhorn and Gallo are starting to seriously consider Washington State as a lucrative alternative for overcoming this problem. Not only is their free acreage, but as the New York Times article points out, drier conditions in Washington State have actually bettered the land for wine growing purposes.
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