The Ohio wine and grape industry released its 2012 Economic Impact report, which finds that Ohio’s grape and wine industry has a significant impact of $786 million on the state’s economy, a 34% increase from the 2008 economic study released in 2010.
“Ohio’s wine industry is growing and represents a significant segment of the state’s $105 billion food and agriculture industry,” said Ohio Department of Agriculture Director David T. Daniels. “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.”
Highlights of the report include the following:
• The full economic impact of Ohio wine and grapes is $786 million, a 34% increase from 2008.
• Provide 5,291 full-time jobs, with nearly 1,200 additional jobs created since 2008.
• In 2012, Ohio had 175 licensed wineries, up 41% from 2008.
• Ohio is the 7th largest wine producer in the country, producing 1.2 million gallons or more than a half-million cases of wine.
• Ohio is the 9th largest grape producer with just over 1,900 acres.
• 2.74 million people visit Ohio wineries annually.
• Ohio’s wine, wine grape and allied industries generated $46 million in federal taxes and
$41 million in state and local taxes in 2012.
The Economic Impact report was commissioned and funded by the Ohio Grape Industries Committee. A copy of the complete report can be found at http://www.tasteohiowines.com/economic-impact-study.aspx. The committee was created in 1982 and operates in-part through the Ohio Department of Agriculture, providing marketing and research opportunities to Ohio’s wineries and vineyards. The committee helps increase consumer awareness of Ohio’s modern, high-quality wine industry.