The Center For Rural Pennsylvania recently published a
comprehensive study of the state's wine industry. The
19 page report is chock full of interesting facts, cogent
analysis and should be required reading for anyone interested in
wineries located in Pennsylvania. The report, written by professors
Dombrosky and Gajanan, compares Pennsylvania's wineries to
those located in neighboring states and illuminates both the
strengths and challenges facing the industry. It notes the
following interesting facts (among others):
Over the last five years, the Pennsylvania wine industry has
grown rapidly, although not as quickly as is occurring in Ohio,
Maryland, Virginia and North Carolina.
The states of New York, Ohio, Virginia and North Carolina have
"significantly higher levels of state funding" for
research and promotion than does Pennsylvania.
Pennsylvania is the 5th largest grape producer in the United
Pennsylvania ranks 6th among the Eastern states for wine
In the five-year period of 2007-2012, Pennsylvania wineries
received governmental loans totaling $1.1 million.
In the same five-year period, the Pennsylvania Winery
Association received grants totaling an additional $550,000.
The Pennsylvania wine industry is operating at only 76% of its
The "principal players" of the Pennsylvania wine
industry -- other than the wineries themselves -- are the
Pennsylvania Liquor Control Board, Pennsylvania Winery Association,
Pennsylvania Wine Marketing and Research Board and Pennsylvania
A staggering 81% of all Pennsylvania wine is sold directly by
wineries to wine outlets or tourists, such that wine tourists
represent an "essential distribution" channel. There are
almost "no sales" of Pennsylvania wines through
wholesalers or distributors.
All Eastern states (except Pennsylvania) permit direct shipping
of wine to consumers, a fact which is likely to change in the near
future, as Pennsylvania appears close to privatizing the functions
of the Liquor Control Board.
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