Waterbrook Winery (image from Precept Wine)
Shipments of packaged wines by Washington wineries grew by 8% in the first quarter of 2021 versus the same period a year earlier. The increase was driven by surging out of state shipments, while DTC sales and in-state shipments were down modestly on a year-over-year basis.
Led by Precept Wine, the state’s largest wineries were responsible for the strong first quarter performance. Washington’s small wineries were hit harder by Covid-19 and continue to lag, though there has been some improvement over the past six months.
Performances continue to be highly uneven across wineries within all size segments and Washington wine still has considerable ground to makeup: the trailing twelve-month shipment total remains nearly one million cases below the pre-pandemic peak in Q2 2019.
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