Ohio Wine Industry Has $786 Million Impact on Ohio Economy

This week, the Ohio wine and grape industry released its 2012 Economic Impact report which showed that the state's grape and wine industry has an impact of $786 million on the state's economy, which is a 34 percent increase over the 2008 economic study that was released in 2010.

Some of the key findings of the report include that Ohio is the 7th largest wine producer in the U.S., producing 1.2 million gallons or more than a half-million cases of wine. Ohio is also the 9th largest grape producer with just over 1,900 acres. In 2012, Ohio had 175 licensed wineries, up 41 percent since 2008. The grape and wine industry provides 5,291 full-time jobs in Ohio, with an additional 1,200 created since 2008.

The Ohio wine, wine grape and allied industries generate $46 million in federal taxes and $41 million in state and local taxes in 2012.

Each year 2.74 million people visit Ohio wineries.

Ohio Department of Agriculture Director David T. Daniels spoke about the wine industry and its impact on Ohio, stating:
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“Ohio’s wine industry is growing and represents a significant segment of the state’s $105 billion food and agriculture industry. Ohio grape growers and wine makers all over the state are creating quality, award-winning products that rival those produced in well-known wine producing areas like California and Europe. The newly released 2012 Economic Impact Study is a great illustration of their success.”

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