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【娱乐艺术】华盛顿州发展成为葡萄酒业的力量 Washington State Growing into a Force in Wine Industry

1,000 wineries this year, and that growth is likely to continue.

Maryhill Winery is part of that growth. The business makes 60 kinds of wine. It recently opened tasting rooms for its products in the cities of Spokane and Vancouver, Washington. It also is in the process of opening a tasting room just outside Seattle.




"Our timing was great," Craig Leuthold told The Associated Press. "Washington wine has really increased in popularity."

The state of Washington has become a force in the wine industry. It has the second-highest number of wineries in the United States, after California. But California, which has around 3,700 wineries, remains a much bigger part of the industry than any other state. It sells more than $40 billion worth of wine nationwide.

“我们的时机很棒,”克雷格·洛伊特霍尔德(Craig Leuthold)告诉美联社。 “华盛顿葡萄酒的受欢迎程度确实提高了。”



Within the United States, wines from California are the top sellers, followed by wines from Australia and Italy. Steve Warner noted that Washington finished in fourth place. Warner is president of Washington State Wine, the industry's trade group.

在美国,来自加利福尼亚的葡萄酒是最畅销的,其次是来自澳大利亚和意大利的葡萄酒。史蒂夫·沃纳(Steve Warner)指出,华盛顿排名第四。华纳是华盛顿州葡萄酒行业的贸易集团总裁。

"More Washington wine is sold in the United States than French wine," he said.

The state's wine industry earns about $2.4 billion a year and adds more than $7 billion a year to the state's economy, Warner said.



Washington's wines are always highly rated, he added.

"We are competing against wine regions with 28 generations of winemakers, who were doing it before America was a country."

Warner noted most of the industry's success comes from the state's climate and soils. Grapes, the small round fruit used to make wine, like long sunny days and cool nights.



华纳指出,该行业的大部分成功都来自该州的气候和土壤。 葡萄,一种小的圆形水果,用于酿造葡萄酒,如漫长的晴天和凉爽的夜晚。


Grape growers in the central and eastern part of Washington enjoy those conditions. The area also gets little rainfall compared with other grape-growing regions, which is a plus, said Warner.

Thomas Henick-Kling is director of the wine studies and grape growing program at Washington State University in Pullman, Washington. He said the state still has plenty of available land at reasonable prices in wine country.


托马斯·海尼克·克林(Thomas Henick-Kling)是华盛顿州普尔曼市华盛顿州立大学葡萄酒研究和葡萄种植计划的主任。他说,葡萄酒产区,该州仍有大量土地,价格合理。

The land being set aside for wineries is expanding. Twenty years ago, there were fewer than 10,000 hectares of grapes. Today there are nearly 24,000 hectares.

Washington also has skilled farmers and winemakers, graduates of winemaking programs at several local colleges, Henick-Kling said.



Washington's growth is no surprise, as the number of wineries and wine consumption continue to grow in the United States.

Jens Hansen retired from the U.S. Air Force, moved to the Seattle area and decided to become a winemaker.


延斯·汉森(Jens Hansen)从美国空军退休,搬到西雅图地区,并决定成为酿酒师。

Hansen received the 1,000th active license to operate a wine business. He now owns the Uva Furem winery in the city of Maple Valley.

"I feel like the Washington wine community is a lot like the Air Force in that everyone looks out for each other," he said.

汉森获得了经营葡萄酒业务的第1000个有效许可证。他现在在枫谷市拥有Uva Furem酒厂。


About 70 grape varieties are grown in the state, with the most popular red wines being cabernet sauvignon and merlot. Chardonnay and white Riesling are the most common white wines.

Most of Washington's wineries are fairly small

But Steve Warner said that more investors from outside the state are joining the industry. It also helps that Washington has long had a lot of wealthy people who work for companies like Boeing, Microsoft and Amazon and have money to invest.



但史蒂夫·沃纳(Steve Warner)表示,来自该州以外的更多投资者正在加入该行业。这也有助于华盛顿长期以来拥有很多有钱人,他们为波音,微软和亚马逊等公司工作,并且有钱进行投资。


Words in This Story:

winery– n. a place where wine is made

region(s) – n.a part of a country or of the world that is different or separate from other parts in some way

graduate(s) – n.a person who has earned a degree or diploma from a school, college, or university

consumption– n.the act of eating or drinking something

license– n.an official document or card that gives you permission to do, use, or have something

varieties– n.a particular kind of person or thing