WOODINVILLE, Wash. – Since it uses two out of every three grapes grown in the state, no one knows the Washington wine industry better than Ste. Michelle Wine Estates.

On Monday, company officials announced the 2016 harvest as the biggest in the history of Washington wine. The Pacific Northwest’s oldest wine producer projected the total crop in the Evergreen State will weigh in between 275,000 and 280,000 tons. That will eclipse the record of 227,000 tons set in 2014 by more than 20 percent.

“Washington and Oregon wines have been enjoying tremendous growth for many years now, and another outstanding vintage like this will only accelerate that growth,” Ted Baseler, President and CEO of Ste. Michelle Wine Estates, stated in a news release. “The quality of the wines from the Pacific Northwest has never been better, and we have proven that we belong among the world’s greatest winegrowing regions.”>>>Read more on Great Northwest Wine