Rhode Island Wine Industry

Rhode Island
Economic Impact Study
2022

WineAmerica, the National Association of American Wineries in Washington, commissioned a 2022 National Economic Impact Study of the Wine Industry by John Dunham & Associates. The study shows that the Rhode Island wine industry generated over $562 million for the American economy in 2022. Since all 50 states produce and consume wine, the study includes detailed data for each state. Below is the information for Rhode Island.

Rhode Island Wine Industry Highlights

Total
Output

The wine industry generates close to $562.27 million in total economic activity in the State of Rhode Island, dramatically illustrating that wine is the ultimate value-added beverage. The broader economic impact flows throughout the state, generating business for firms seemingly unrelated to the wine industry. Real people, with real jobs, working in industries as varied as farming, banking, accounting, manufacturing, packaging, transportation, printing, and advertising depend on the wine industry for their livelihoods.

State
Reach

The Rhode Island wine industry includes a total of 14 wine producers¹ as well as 0 acres of vineyards.

Job
Creation

The Rhode Island wine industry directly employs as many as 2,470 people, and generates an additional 694 jobs in supplier and ancillary industries which supply goods and services to the industry, and whose sales depend on the wine industry’s economic activity. Ultimately, 4,146 jobs are created and supported by the wine industry.

Wage
Generation

The Rhode Island wine industry provides good jobs, paying an average of $47,700 in annual wages and benefits. The total wages generated by direct, indirect, and induced economic activity driven by the wine industry are $197.56 million.

Tourist
Activity

The Rhode Island wine industry is a major magnet for tourists and tourism-driven expenses. Rhode Island’s “wine country” regions generates 2300 tourist visits and $771,500 in annual tourism expenditures, benefiting local economies and tax bases.

Tax
Revenue

The Rhode Island wine industry generates sizeable tax revenues on the local, state, and national levels. In 2022, the industry will pay nearly $27.20 million in state and local taxes, and $38.06 million in federal taxes for a total of $65.26 million. In addition, the industry generates approximately $3.63 million federal consumption taxes and $23.93 million in state consumption taxes which include excise and sales taxes. 

1 – Throughout this study, the winery count refers to the number of winery facilities. A single winery may have multiple facilities throughout the state or country. Each of these facilities is included in the winery count.

Economic Impact of the Rhode Island Wine Industry in 2022

Direct Economic ImpactJobsWagesOutput
Winery 72 $ 4,600,500 $ 23,162,000
Vineyard - $ - $ -
Wholesale 122 $ 10,601,400 $ 40,852,000
Retail 2,269 $ 74,134,800 $ 171,161,700
Association - $ - $ -
Research and Education - $ - $ -
Tourism 7 $ 218,800 $ 586,400
Total Direct Impact 2,470 $ 89,555,500 $ 235,762,100
Supplier Impact JobsWagesOutput
Agriculture 16 $ 588,700 $ 1,052,200
Business and Personal Services 266 $ 22,192,800 $ 40,679,100
Construction Jobs 7 $ 481,300 $ 1,571,500
Finance, Insurance and Real Estate 156 $ 7,054,400 $ 36,992,800
Government 16 $ 1,573,700 $ 2,394,000
Manufacturing 56 $ 3,933,500 $ 19,750,900
Mining - $ 22,800 $ 147,600
Other - $ - $ -
Retailing 14 $ 634,000 $ 1,566,200
Transportation and Communication 86 $ 6,775,600 $ 24,702,200
Travel and Entertainment 40 $ 1,257,400 $ 2,574,400
Wholesaling 37 $ 3,635,700 $ 10,593,200
Total Supplier Impact 694 $ 48,149,900 $ 142,024,100
Induced Economic ImpactJobsWagesOutput
Agriculture 6 $ 166,400 $ 345,200
Business and Personal Services 405 $ 26,445,100 $ 48,242,600
Construction 7 $ 430,000 $ 1,461,000
Finance, Insurance and Real Estate 151 $ 10,286,000 $ 60,792,200
Government 9 $ 899,100 $ 2,054,100
Manufacturing 55 $ 4,094,600 $ 21,399,500
Mining - $ 12,500 $ 94,400
Other 21 $ 937,400 $ 1,232,000
Retailing 110 $ 4,749,700 $ 11,681,600
Transportation and Communication 60 $ 5,020,700 $ 18,095,000
Travel and Entertainment 133 $ 4,219,400 $ 10,264,800
Wholesaling 25 $ 2,597,900 $ 8,817,400
Total Induced Economic Impact 982 $ 59,858,800 $ 184,479,800
Total Economic Impact
Total Jobs 4,146
Total Wages $ 197,564,200
Total Output $ 562,266,000
Tourism Impact
Visits 2,273
Tourists691
Spending $771,500
Grape and Wine Production
Winery Count 14
Vineyard Acres -
Taxes
Federal Excise Taxes $ 3,627,700
State Excise Taxes $ 5,833,300
Sales Tax $ 15,838,600
Control State Markups $ -
Other Taxes $ 2,262,700
Total Consumption Taxes $ 27,562,300
Federal Consumption Taxes $ 3,627,700
State Consumption Taxes $ 23,934,600
Federal Business Taxes $ 38,057,400
State Business Taxes $ 27,199,600
Total Business Taxes $ 65,257,000
Total Federal Business and Consumption Taxes $ 41,685,100
Total State Business and Consumption Taxes $ 51,134,200
Total Federal and State Business and Consumption Taxes $ 92,819,300

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