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.
Wine Market | Control | Consumption | Wine Labels
Example | Wine Production
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
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
(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
(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