Tuesday, December 05, 2006

Maryland wineries report more than $10M in sales

December 5, 2006
Washington Business Journal
by Julekha Dash, Contributing Writer

The wine business in Maryland is booming, with nearly 1 million bottles sold in the most recent fiscal year.

Sales of Maryland wine grew nearly 19 percent in fiscal 2006, compared with the previous year, according to figures from the state.

Maryland wineries generated more than $10.5 million in sales.

Winery owners attribute the uptick to more festivals and stronger retail sales.

"This shows the amazing strength of the Maryland wine industry and its benefits to the rural economy," says Carol Wilson, president of the Maryland Wineries Association and proprietor of Elk Run Vineyards in Mount Airy, in a statement. "We're seeing more customers at our wineries and festivals, and that is helping to drive sales in retail stores."

Approximately 968,333 bottles were sold in fiscal 2006, at an average price of $11.