The number of wineries in the United States continues to grow, reports Wine Business Monthly.
The total at the end of November was 6,223, up 122 over the past year.
That equals the 6% growth pace of 2008 and shows some resilience in the
wine industry despite the bad economy. To be sure, the â€œlaunchâ€
decisions for many of these new wineries were probably made in better
times, and the growth was much more modest than the explosive 10% in
2007 and 15% in 2006. But still, we need to drink even in hard times,
â€œWe had explosive growth in past years; but if wineries grow 5
percent a year, thatâ€™s still pretty good growth,â€ Bill Nelson,
president of the U.S. wine trade association WineAmerica, told WBM. â€œThese are still big numbers. At 5 percent a year, the number of wineries doubles in 15 years.â€
While I and other bloggers and writers have trumpeted the rise of
â€œregional wines,â€ the magazine reported that California continues to
have about half of the nationâ€™s wineries, a figure that has remained
steady over the past four years. California has 3,047 wineries, followed
not so closely by Washington state with 564, Oregon with 453, New York
with 229, Virginia with 163, Texas with 157, Pennsylvania with 141, Ohio
with 120, Michigan at 104 and North Carolina at 101.
The WBM article did not give last yearâ€™s rankings, but Virginiaâ€™s
growth has been phenomenal in 2009 and Iâ€™d wager the Old Dominion
overtook the Lone Star state last year. These rankings overall show the
vitality of the wine industry in the Eastern United States.