The wine industry has seen a dramatic growth in Ohio in recent years. Ohio had just 175 wineries in 2012, last year that number has grown to 265, according to a report from the Ohio Grape Industries Committee. Ohio is now the sixth largest winemaking state in the country, producing over 5.9 million gallons of wine per year. That growth has led to an estimated $1.3 billion dollar impact on the state economy, up from $786 million impact in the study completed 5 years ago.
Surprisingly the state still makes up less than 1 percent of total wine production in the U.S. with California leading the way with 84 percent of production and the Northwest taking up the next few spots on the list. But Ohio is very proud to be the first mid-western state on the list and doesn’t see the growth stopping any time soon.
Source: Akron Beacon Journal, September 2017