Napa could send some of those extra wine tourists to VA and KY

How about Ohio? Take note Ashtabula County wineries.

When you think of American wine, you likely picture California’s Napa Valley, whose vines generate an economic impact of $50 billion for the national economy. In fact, the region’s wineries are so successful thatNapa County is now considering new regulations for the industry (Press Democrat). Some residents want limits placed on winery expansions, complaining that the bucolic region has become overrun with tourists who are clogging roads and eroding quality of life. Industry representatives argue additional regulations would hurt smaller vineyards.

Thomas Jefferson always dreamed his home state could produce wines on par with Europe. Virginia is well on its way, now home to more than 200 wineries (Farm Flavor). From 2009 to 2010, the number of wine tourists grew from 1 million to 1.6 million. To help the industry grow, Purcellville and Loudoun County arecollaborating with local community colleges to develop in-demand viticulture courses (Washington Post). The state’s wine liter tax goes directly to support wine marketing, research, and education.

Did you know the title for ninth-largest U.S. wine producer belongs to Kentucky (Wine America)? Not yet popularly recognized for its wine, some have high hopes that grapes can help diversify the Bluegrass State’s economy away from the shrinking tobacco and coal industries (Eater).

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