CA Winegrape Facts & Impact

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California is America's #1 wine state, and the fourth largest producer in the world. California wine makes a significant contribution to the nation and all fifty states by providing jobs, bolstering economies through hospitality, taxes and tourism and enhancing communities through environmental stewardship.

Remember, all great wine starts in the vineyard.

Impact of California Wine and Winegrapes on the U.S. Economy in 2015:
• Employment – 786,000 full-time equivalent jobs: 325,000 jobs in California, 461,000 jobs in other states
• Annual Economic Activity –$114.1 billion
• Wages – $34.9 billion annually
• Taxes – $15.2 billion total: $8.9 billion in federal taxes, $6.3 billion in state and local taxes
249 million annually

Impact of California Wine and Winegrapes on the California Economy in 2015:
• Employment – 325,000 full-time equivalent jobs
• Annual Economic Activity – $57.6 billion
• Wages – $17.2 billion annually
• Taxes – $7.6 billion total: $4.5 billion in federal taxes, $3.1billion in California and local taxes
• Tourism Visits – 23.6 million wine -related tourist visits annually to wineries
• Tourism Spending – $7.2 billion in estimated wine visitor - related expenditures annually
• Charitable Contributions – $101million annually
Facts About the Wine & Winegrape Industry
• Winegrapes are grown in 49 out of California’s 58 counties
• More than 110 varieties of winegrapes are grown in California
• California is the fourth leading wine producer in the world, behind Italy, France and Spain
• Vineyards cover approximately 526,000 acres, less than 1 percent of the state’s terrain
• Chardonnay is the top selling white wine varietal
Cabernet sauvignon is the top selling red wine varietal

Commitment to Sustainable Winegrowing
Building on major trends and successful regional efforts, the California Association of Winegrape Growers (CAWG) and the Wine Institute initiated the Sustainable Winegrowing Program (SWP) in 2002 to give growers and vintners educational tools to increase adoption of sustainable practices and to measure and demonstrate ongoing improvement. For CAWG members sustainability is a farming tradition carried out by California winegrape growers that is the growing of winegrapes in a manner which is economically viable, ecologically sound and socially responsible.

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