As attendees head to the Eastern Winery Exposition in Lancaster, Pennsylvania next week, we want to say thank you to all the winery owners in states represented by industry organizations supporting the show! As the show’s website indicates, this is an Eastern-focused wine industry trade show and conference. This new show is growing as fast as the wineries in the states it represents:
With nearly $40 million per year and over 100 jobs directly contributed to the economy, Connecticut wine industry is growing faster than the nationwide average. The Connecticut wine trail, will take you on a tour of 25 of the more than 30 wineries currently calling Connecticut home.
Having almost 50 wineries contributing nearly $40 million per year to the Garden State, growth of wineries in New Jersey is dramatic. The number of acres dedicated to grapes has increased by 200% over the last ten years. The Garden State Wine Growers Association organizes multiple festivals throughout the year that will allow any consumer to take advantage of opportunities to explore the State’s wineries.
Double digit average annual growth in wine gallons produced over the last decade – that’s the reality in Maryland. The Maryland Wineries Association has a wonderful website, Maryland Wine, that aptly explains who benefits from putting wine in a bottle. That list includes manufacturers, nurseries, banks, real estate brokers, shippers, among other businesses. What a wonderful viewpoint, of course there would be no wine without grape growers.
In 2011 Massachusetts allowed sales of wines at farmers markets and agricultural events. The very next year wine sales in Massachusetts increased by 66%! With over 40 licensed wineries you can experience many of them, along with some great food by exploring the Massachusetts Wine and Cheese Trail!
The wine industry contributes $300 million to Michigan’s economy as reported by The Michigan Grape & Wine Industry Council. Wow! Michigan is the nation’s fourth largest producer of grapes with over 15,000 acres of vineyards. Remarkably, this number has doubled in the last 10 years! We can’t imagine that this number will go anywhere but up and that’s good for Michigan and the wine industry.
One of the best examples of the economic impact of wineries on a local region is exhibited in New Hampshire. Winery owner Amy LaBelle, owner of LaBelle winery in Amherst, New Hampshire was the named the 2013 woman owned business of the year for both the State of New Hampshire and the region by the U.S. Small Business Administration. The winery employs over 45 people and recently invested in excess of $5 million in the construction of a new winery. For more information on New Hampshire wineries, check out the New Hampshire Winery Association.
Home of the Eastern Winery Exposition, Pennsylvania continues to see growth in the industry. Over 150 wineries, creating in excess of 10,000 jobs, and drawing nearly a million visitors to the State, defines the current status of the industry in the Keystone state. The Pennsylvania Winery Association expresses it succinctly with their motto: “Keep Tasting.” And with this much activity, you better take that advise and start soon!
You will drive to every corner of the state to check out all the wineries in Ohio. So, start with the assistance of The Ohio Wine Producers Association. With a history back to the 1850’s, Ohio wineries currently stand at over 160 and yield millions of gallons of wine a year.
Let’s applaud the work of all the producers and their industry supporters as they travel to the Eastern Winery Exposition!