Oregon wine industry nearly doubles


Oregon’s commercial wine industry has nearly doubled its contribution to the state’s economy since 2005.

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Oregon’s commercial wine industry has nearly doubled its contribution to the state’s economy since 2005.

The total economic impact in Oregon related directly or indirectly to wine topped $2.7 billion last year, according to the report conducted by Berkeley, Calif.-based Full Glass Research. 

“I’d expected to see growth, even fairly significant growth,” said Christian Miller, who conducted the study. “But I was surprised at how strong that growth really was. Given the economy we’ve been through, it’s pretty remarkable.” 

The study establishes Oregon’s wine-grape crop as the state’s leading value-added agricultural segment, he said. Given recent plunges in sales and production of commodities such as grass seed and nursery products, wine grapes also are emerging as one of the state’s more stable crops.

Read more at OregonLive.com.

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