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U.S. Winery Total Grows at Fast Pace

Kim Marcus
Posted: July 15, 1999

The number of wineries in the United States now tops 2,000, a 14 percent increase over the past five years, according to figures compiled by the American Vintners Association, a trade organization.

There are a total of 2,081 licensed winery facilities in 48 states across the nation (only Alaska and North Dakota lack wineries). California is home to just over half, with 1,056 wineries this year, compared to 807 in 1990 -- an increase of 31 percent. That also amounts to the largest growth, in real terms, among any of the major winemaking states.

A distant second to California is New York, which has 136 wineries. Close on its heels are Washington, with 125, and Oregon, with 116. Other states home to 25 or more wineries include: Pennsylvania, 62; Ohio, 61; Virginia, 54; Missouri, 40; Texas, 38; Michigan, 32; Colorado, 26; and New Mexico, 25.

"The 14 percent growth in the last five years has happened all over the country," said AVA president Simon Siegl. "Since 1995, Washington state grew from 93 to 125, Colorado from 10 to 26, Virginia from 44 to 54, and Ohio from 47 to 61."

States that have entered the winemaking ranks since 1990 include Delaware, Montana, Nebraska, Nevada, South Dakota and Wyoming. Overall, the number of wineries has risen 29 percent since 1990, when there were 1,608 wineries and 42 winemaking states.

The AVA, based in Washington, D.C., represents 560 wineries in 43 states in business and legislative affairs. It compiled its winery totals based on data supplied by the U.S. Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms, which regulates commercial wine production.

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