California Wine A Vital Contributor to Local and US Economy

The Wine Institute and California Association of Winegrape Growers commissioned a report on the economic impact of California wine (summarized here on August 4, 2016), noting that the California wine industry contributes over $57 billion to the California economy and $114 billion to the US economy.  A few other fascinating stats: the California wine industry employs over 786,000 Americans (325,000 in California), pays $15 billion in taxes ($7 billion in California) and has grown 19% in the past seven years.