California is America’s top wine producer, making 90% of all U.S. wine and is the fourth leading wine producer in the World, behind the countries France, Italy and Spain.
The consistent quality of Californian wine is tied directly to the State’s ideal climate, topography, and soil and it is this reliability and consistency that has enabled the region to increase its sales Worldwide every year since 1993.
Here are some facts about California’s wine production
- California is America’s top wine producer, making 90% of all U.S. wine.
- California is the fourth leading wine producer in the world behind the countries of France, Italy and Spain.
- California’s high wine quality is tied directly to the state’s ideal climate, topography, and soil for winegrapes, so the industry will always be based in California.
- California wine is world renowned with sales increasing every year since 1993 and accounting for two-thirds of all wine sales in the U.S.
- California’s wineries are predominantly family owned and multi-generational.
- California wineries support their communities and are philanthropic.
California’s Wine Industry Benefits the State and Nation
- Produces $51.8 billion in economic value for California.
- Generates $125.3 billion for the U.S. economy.
- Creates 309,000 jobs in California and a total 875,000 jobs nationwide.
- Pays $10.1 billion in wages in California and a total $25.2 billion nationwide.
- Makes $13 billion in state and federal tax payments.
- Attracts 19.7 million tourists annually to all regions of California.
- Generates wine-related tourism expenditures of $2 billion in California.
- Gives $115 million in annual charitable contributions from California wineries.
California Wine and Wineries Offer Intangible Benefits to Communities:
- Enhance the quality of life.
- Promote farming and winemaking practices that are socially and environmentally responsible.
- Offer cultural attractions such as music, festivals, theater, gardens and museums.
- Support local retailers, restaurants, hotels and other businesses.
- Preserve open space and provide scenic pastoral landscapes.
- Build pride for rural communities.
- Bring positive visibility to California and the U.S. worldwide.