This is a follow-up to our popular previous blog post on 2008 WA winery data. Our previous blog post detailed and charted interesting winery data from 2008. Well, here's the data from 2009! Our analysis of the data was identical to the 2008 analysis. Here we go...
Distribution of Wineries by Gallons Sold
What we did was break down production into 6 different categories. Each category is basically a range of annual gallons produced. We then figured out how many wineries fall into each category.
Distribution of Wineries by "Craft" Designation
We have been using the term "craft winery" to identify wineries that produce less than 25,000 gallons per year. This is also a requirement to be eligible as a full regular member of the FWWS. Here's how wineries in WA state break down by whether or not they are a "craft" winery.
Actual Gallons Sold by "Craft" Winery Threshold
OK, so now we know how many wineries in WA state would be considered a "craft" winery. The following data and graph show you how many actual gallons of wine are produced annually by craft wineries versus non-craft wineries.
So there you have it: 94.04% of the wineries in WA state would be considered a "craft" winery, a little bit more than in 2008. A general trend continues: the other 6% of the wineries (non-craft wineries) produce about 93% of the actual gallons per year. And once again, 1 winery tops the scale at producing 13 million gals. annually. The next biggest winery only produces approximately 1.1 millions gals. annually. Finally, the total number of wineries grew from 547 to 671.