The Wenatchee World

Weather:

Weather

The latest extended forecast from The Weather Channel

Remove this weather forecast

Tonight

Lo58° Mostly Clear

Tuesday

Hi79° Sunny

Tuesday Night

Lo53° Mostly Clear

Wednesday

Hi78° Sunny

Wednesday Night

Lo53° Partly Cloudy

Thursday

Hi76° Mostly Sunny

Thursday Night

Lo48° Mostly Cloudy

Friday

Hi70° Slight Chance Showers then Partly Sunny

Friday Night

Lo46° Mostly Cloudy

Saturday

Hi64° Slight Chance Showers

‘The future of the wine industry is here’ Factories among the vines in Grant County

Send to Kindle
Print This
MATTAWA — Surrounded by vineyards, orchards and the otherwise barren, desert landscape of the Wahluke Slope, the industrial presence of Mattawa’s two bulk wine production plants seems oddly out of place. Looking more like refineries than wineries, the plants squeeze and transform thousands of tons of grapes into millions of gallons of wine each year. Mechanized harvesters are now mowing through thousands of acres of ripe vineyard, shaking plump bunches of grapes from the vines and dumping them into a lineup of waiting trucks. The machines can go through an acre an hour, about 4 to 6 tons of grapes.

View my options or Sign in