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California Wine Economic Impact Website Launched


Economic Impact Reports Available by State & California Legislative Districts

San Francisco — Wine Institute and the California Association of Winegrape Growers (CAWG) have partnered to launch a new interactive website offering economic impact statistics for California wine and winegrapes at: www.wine‑economy.com. The website is based on “The Economic Impact of California Wine and Grapes 2015,” report jointly commissioned by both organizations and prepared by John Dunham & Associates of New York.

The California wine and winegrape sector and allied businesses deliver a total economic contribution of $57.6 billion annually to the state’s economy and $114.1 billion annually to the U.S. economy by providing quality jobs, bolstering economies through tourism and taxes and enhancing communities through environmental stewardship and charitable giving. California wineries and vineyards directly and indirectly generate 325,000 jobs in California and 786,000 jobs across the nation.

The website provides customized reports highlighting the economic impact of California wine for all 50 U.S. states and the District of Columbia, and for each of California’s 53 Congressional Districts, 80 State Assembly Districts and 40 State Senate Districts. Each report measures California wine’s annual economic impact, employment, wages and taxes paid for each state or district.


Impact of California wine and winegrapes on the U.S. economy:

  • 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 annual total: $8.9 billion in federal taxes, $6.3 billion in state and local taxes
  • Charitable Contributions – $249 million annually

Impact of California wine and winegrapes on the California economy:

  • Employment – 325,000 full-time equivalent jobs
  • Annual Economic Activity – $57.6 billion
  • Wages – $17.2 billion annually
  • Taxes – $7.6 billion annual total: $4.5 billion in federal taxes, $3.1 billion 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 – $101 million annually

Click here to download Statistical Highlights of California Wine 2015.

About The California Association of Winegrape Growers

CAWG provides industry leadership to advocate for public policies, research and education programs, and sustainable farming practices to enhance the business of growing California winegrapes. The organization represents the growers of more than 50 percent of the gross grape tonnage crushed for wine and concentrate in California. For more information, visit: www.cawg.org.

About Wine Institute

Established in 1934, Wine Institute is the public policy advocacy group of nearly 1,000 California wineries and affiliated businesses that represent the industry at the state, federal and international levels to enhance its ability to responsibly produce, promote and enjoy wine. Wine Institute membership represents 85 percent of U.S. wine production and 90 percent of U.S. wine exports. Visit: www.wineinstitute.org.



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