Harvest report 2023 – Pacific Northwest

Syncline with Mt Rainier in background

The Pacific Northwest and California seem to have swapped weather this year. Above, Mount Hood is visible through the vines at Syncline Winery in Washington State. Photo by Lauren Cullen.

‘Everything was flipped this year’, said Greg Jones of Abacela winery in southern Oregon when I called him to ask about harvest 2023. ‘It was warmer and drier than average everywhere in the Pacific Northwest and cooler and wetter than average everywhere in California. I couldn’t tell you the last time this happened.’

A sunny day at Abacela
It was a sunny summer in Oregon. Above, a clear day at Abacela.

It was the same further north, on the Washington side of Columbia Gorge. ‘Last vintage there were interns...