Virginia Wine Sales Are Up
Governor Bob McDonnell announced yesterday that sales of Virginia wines are up nearly 13 percent for fiscal year 2010. Craig Carper reports.
Total sales of Virginia wine amounted to just over 1.6 million dollars in wine liter tax collections during the fiscal year ending June 30, 2010, which is up from almost 1.5 million in fiscal year 2009.
Earlier this year, expanding wine sales abroad was a featured piece of Governor McDonnell’s first trade mission to Europe.
Virginia’s Secretary of Agriculture, Todd Haymore, says credit for the increase was due in part to policy decisions made by Governor McDonnell, as well as former Governor Kaine.
Haymore: It’s great news for the Virginia wine industry and obviously we’ve only had six months or so of that time in Governor McDonnell’s office, but I believe it reflects the increased awareness of the high-quality wines that our great producers and our winemakers are making all across the state.
This year, the General Assembly approved a proposal by Governor McDonnell that redirects a larger portion of wine liter tax back into the wine industry for education, research and marketing.
Virginia’s nearly 180 wineries employ approximately 3,000 people and contribute roughly 350 million dollars annually to the state economy.
Craig Carper, WCVE News, Capitol Square