Interesting facts about winemaking in the United States

Gus Clemens

Grape growing and winemaking are really big businesses in the United States. Some interesting facts:

• The US consumes more wine than any other country.

• There are some 11,000 wineries in the United States.

• There are wineries in every state.

• With four wineries, Alaska has twice as many wineries as Mississippi.

• Hawaii has three main winery-vineyard operations. There is a designated American Viticultural Area (Ulupalakua AVA) on the island of Maui.

• The US has one million acres of grape-bearing land.

• Grapes are the highest-value fruit crop in the US Wine, table grapes, and raisins bring in more than $6.5 billion a year.

• The US produces more than 7.5 million tons of grapes every year.

• The US produces more than 900 million gallons of wine each year, 12% of worldwide production.

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