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If it looks busy at any of the many wineries here in the Chelan area, that's because its harvest time, when the grapes come off the vines and go into the cellars. And this year's harvest is looking very good, according to Chris Stone, the Deputy Director of the Washington State Wine Commission:

Last year's harvest was estimated at around 230-thousand tons in Washington State; Stone doesn't expect this year's harvest to equal that:

Last year's harvest got a late start, due to a wet and chilly spring. But this year's temperatures have been warmer this year's harvest is a bit on the early side.

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