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Cheers! Washington reaches 1,000 active winery licenses

Wow, I love this for us.

Washington state has officially reached a "major milestone" by surpassing 1,000 active winery licenses, reports the Washington State Liquor and Cannabis Board (WSLCB).

The 1,000th winery on the list is Uva Furem, owned by Jens Hansen. Originally from Wenatchee, Washington, Hansen retired from the Air Force and moved to the Seattle area to attend the Northwest Wine Academy. He is currently working harvest at Sparkman Cellars in Woodinville. Hansen has purchased an old honeybee farm in Maple Valley, Washington and will open a tasting room there early next year.


In the early 1980’s, there were only 20 wineries in the state. That number grew to 74 in 2000, and has been steadily going up for the past 20 years.

People are thirsty, what can we say?! Learn more about Washington wine here.