My name is Carlo DeVito, and I am the author of East Coast Wineries: A Complete Guide from Maine to Virginia published by Rutgers University Press. This blog is dedicated to primarily east coast wines and wineries including Maine, New Hampshire, Vermont, Massachusetts, Rhode Island, Connecticut, New York, New Jersey, Pennsylvania, Delaware, Maryland, Virginia and West Virginia. It will also feature products and information from other regions.
Thursday, May 23, 2013
10 Facts You Need to Know About Pennsylvania Wine
States: Ten Facts You Need To Know About Pennsylvania Wineries
Updated: May 8 2013 Article by
George J. Krueger Fox
For Rural Pennsylvania recently published a comprehensive study of the state's
wine industry. The19 page report is
chock full of interesting facts, cogent analysis and should be required reading
for anyone interested in wineries located in Pennsylvania. The report, written
by professors Dombrosky and Gajanan, compares Pennsylvania's wineries to those
located in neighboring states and illuminates both the strengths and challenges
facing the industry. It notes the following interesting facts (among others):
last five years, the Pennsylvania wine industry has grown rapidly, although not
as quickly as is occurring in Ohio, Maryland, Virginia and North Carolina.
of New York, Ohio, Virginia and North Carolina have "significantly higher
levels of state funding" for research and promotion than does
is the 5th largest grape producer in the United States.
ranks 6th among the Eastern states for wine production.
five-year period of 2007-2012, Pennsylvania wineries received governmental
loans totaling $1.1 million.
same five-year period, the Pennsylvania Winery Association received grants
totaling an additional $550,000.
Pennsylvania wine industry is operating at only 76% of its capacity
"principal players" of the Pennsylvania wine industry -- other than
the wineries themselves -- are the Pennsylvania Liquor Control Board,
Pennsylvania Winery Association, Pennsylvania Wine Marketing and Research Board
and Pennsylvania State University.
staggering 81% of all Pennsylvania wine is sold directly by wineries to wine
outlets or tourists, such that wine tourists represent an "essential
distribution" channel. There are almost "no sales" of
Pennsylvania wines through wholesalers or distributors.
Eastern states (except Pennsylvania) permit direct shipping of wine to
consumers, a fact which is likely to change in the near future, as Pennsylvania
appears close to privatizing the functions of the Liquor Control Board.