August 14, 2103
Governor Bob McDonnell announces sales of Virginia wine reached another all-time high, increasing by more than 5 percent from last year’s record-breaker.
Virginia wineries sold over 511,000 cases of wine for the fiscal year of 2013, while last fiscal year saw sales reach nearly 485,000.
Speaking about the new sales record while at Chatham Vineyards, Governor McDonnell said, “At the beginning of my administration, I pledged to work with the Virginia wine industry to make the Commonwealth the East Coast capital for wine and wine tourism. Today’s announcement is further proof that we’re well on our way to reaching that goal. Sales have reached a new record high and tourism to our wineries continues to grow.”
Virginia currently ranks fifth in the number of wineries in the nation with more than 230. The Commonwealth is also tied with Texas as the nation's fifth largest wine grape producing states.
According to a 2012 economic impact study, the Virginia wine industry employs more than 4,700 individuals and contributes almost $750 million to the Virginia economy on an annual basis. In addition, more than 1.6 million tourists, a record high, visited Virginia wineries in 2011.