Washington grape growers say they are set to break a harvest record this year, expecting to box about 200,000 tons of the wine fruit. After two dicey years, a combination of warm weather and new acreage may combine to push this year’s crop to 200,000 tons, well above the previous record of 160,000 tons in 2010.
June was cool and growth was slow but the vines caught up easily in early July. And some growers experienced hail damage, but it came in isolated pockets small enough to not skew the statistics. Not only has the weather been warm, but temperatures have been predictable.