California wine industry shows continued strength

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Bronco Wine Company has 40,000 acres of wine grapes in its vineyards near Ceres.

SAN FRANCISCO — The California wine industry provided an enormous boost to the state and national economy in 2015, according to a new report commissioned by Wine Institute and the California Association of Winegrape Growers.

The California wine industry delivered $57.6 billion to the state’s economy in 2015. Nationally, California wines delivered an estimated $114.1 billion economic boost.

The industry directly generated 325,000 jobs in California and about 786,000 jobs nationally.

The report shows the industry’s statewide impact has grown 17 percent in the past seven years. That period of growth included the Great Recession and the economy’s continued slow recovery.

The industry paid $34.9 billion in wages in 2015, paid $6.3 billion in state and local taxes and contributed $249 million in charitable donations. The industry also promoted 23.6 million wine-related tourist visits and boosted tourism spending by $7.2 billion. 

“California wine is an economic engine for our nation. Our predominantly small, family-owned businesses create jobs, pay significant taxes, and give back generously to charities and communities,” Wine Institute President and CEO Robert P. (Bobby) Koch said in a release. “These are significant accomplishments when the strong dollar and pressure from imports make the U.S. the most competitive wine market in the world, and we continue to face the threat of increased taxes and regulation at every level of government.”


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