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US WINE INDUSTRY FACTS

The US wine industry is a growth business and you would think that there would be room for small and large business.

US consumption of wine grew by 200,000,000 million gallons in the last 10 years or almost 40 percent. Big business and importers have enjoyed most of the growth. Thirty (30) wineries control about 68-70 percent of all US wine sold  and 26 percent of wine sold at retail is imported leaving about 6 percent for all other wineries.

The US government recognizes a Small Winery category to encourage, support and protect the local family winery.

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US Retail Wine Market - 745 millon gallons
(Alabama Wineries Produce 0.01 percent of All US WINE )

The US Department of Commerce estimates that California accounted for 61 percent of all wines sold on the US market; imported wines account for 26 percent; and all other US states account for 13 percent.    US Department of Commerce Wine Industry Report

A FEW COMPANIES CONTROL MOST OF THE WINE

The top 30 US Winery companies control about 68-70 percent of the US wine market ( they own wineries outside of California ), and including imports that leaves only about 6 percent for all other wineries.  This is why the US Government has a category of Small Wineries that produce less that 100,000 gallons each year.   Most wineries produce less than 5,000 gallons of wine each year.   The US government provides an alcohol tax credit of about $0.20 for each bottle produced by a Small Winery. Top 30 Wine Business

HB418 lets Alabama recognize a Small Winery category consistent with US Law and to treat all Small Wineries the same.

US WINE CONSUMPTION INCREASES
(Is There Enough Business for Small Wineries! )

During the last decade, US wine consumption has increased by 200 million Gallons or 40 percent.   And per person consumption has increased by 24 percent.    So there is a growing market for wine in the US.   Does it all have to be from California or be imported from another part of the world.     It would appear that there is room for a growing and vigorous Small Winery business, and that in no way do Small Wineries threaten these companies.   US Wine Consumption Trends

HB418 lets a Alabama Small Wineries compete fairly with these large companies, to grow, and to share in this expanding business.

UNDERSTANDING WINE LABELS - US Law 
(Check the labels of wine that you drink.  Does it say "Produced and Bottle By" -- it may not be what you think it is! )

Each wine bottle must state who bottled it, and the term used provides information about the contents.    "Produced and Bottled by"  is the ONLY term that says that the winery FERMENTED at least 75% of the wine.  Any other term says that the majority of the wine was fermented by someone else or imported in bulk for bottling.   "Cellared and Bottled", "Blended and Bottled" or just "Bottled" by says that the wine was NOT fermented by the company that bottled the wine. Know Your Wine Labels

HB418 allows Alabama Small Wineries to use up to 20% bulk wine which is a common practice for wineries.

ANOTHER STATES SUCCESSFUL WINERY BUSINESS
(See what happens when laws provide for a small business to grow.)

Georgia Winery & Vineyard Map 

THE LATEST WINE PRODUCTION REPORTS
(A summary of all wine produced, shipped, and bottled by US wineries)

Each month, a US winery reports to the US government the status of wine produced, sold as bulk, received in bulk, or bottled.    This also reports by state.    Can you find "Alabama" anywhere on the document.       US Winery Production 2009


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Notice that Tennessee has many more wineries because no wine can be sold at a grocery store in TN.




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