2022 pre-harvest report – US West Coast

Dick Boushey next to his Sauvignon Blanc 23 August 2022

Though unpredictable weather has brought challenges to Washington, Oregon and California growers, a return to normal yields and deeper flavour complexity has many optimistic about the vintage, including Dick Boushey, long-time grower in Yakima Valley and Red Mountain (pictured above).

The spring of 2022 on the US West Coast was highly unpredictable. For those in the Pacific Northwest, a rainy and cool start to the season and a frost just following budbreak set the region behind average in terms of development. Washington’s strong infrastructure saved it from frost damage and a hot July has meant that the region has nearly...