Va. Ag Head Urges More Virginia-grown Wine Grapes

February 2, 2013

CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. (AP) - State Secretary of Agriculture Todd Haymore says planting more grapes will enable Virginia vintners to keep up with a steadily increasing demand for wine.

Haymore spoke at a meeting of the Virginia Vineyards Association in Charlottesville. Organizers said more than 200 people attended the two-day event, which concluded on Friday evening.

The Daily Progress reports that Haymore says the state has averaged about 8 percent growth in wine sales but there hasn't been a corresponding increase in the number of acres under vine. About 3,000 acres are under vine in Virginia.

Haymore says various tools, including tax credit programs and expert agricultural guidance, are available to anyone who would like to start or expand a vineyard.


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