Washington Wine Industry

Washington
Economic Impact Study
2022

WineAmerica, the National Association of American Wineries in Washington DC, commissioned a 2022 National Economic Impact Study of the Wine Industry by John Dunham & Associates. The study shows that the Washington state wine industry generated over $9.5 billion 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 Washington.

Washington Wine Industry Highlights

Total
Output

The wine industry generates close to $9.51 billion in total economic activity in the state of Washington, 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 Washington wine industry includes a total of 836 wine producers¹ as well as 14,368 acres of vineyards.

Job
Creation

Washington’s wine industry directly employs as many as 33,015 people, and generates an additional 13,536 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, 61,372 jobs are created and supported by the wine industry.

Wage
Generation

The Washington wine industry provides good jobs, paying an average of $51,500 in annual wages and benefits. The total wages generated by direct, indirect, and induced economic activity driven by the wine industry are $3.16 billion.

Tourist
Activity

Washington state’s wine industry is a major magnet for tourists and tourism-driven expenses. Washington’s “wine country” regions generates 3.11 million tourist visits and $1.05 billion in annual tourism expenditures, benefiting local economies and tax bases.

Tax
Revenue

The Washington wine industry generates sizeable tax revenues on the local, state, and national levels. In 2022, the industry will pay nearly $277.48 million in state and local taxes, and $493.65 million in federal taxes for a total of $771.13 million. In addition, the industry generates approximately $23.54 million federal consumption taxes and $201.81 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 Washington Wine Industry in 2022

Direct Economic ImpactJobsWagesOutput
Winery 4,535 $ 240,354,600 $ 1,450,699,300
Vineyard 1,768 $ 50,298,600 $ 144,617,200
Wholesale 1,186 $ 100,307,600 $ 405,770,400
Retail 16,080 $ 611,873,500 $ 1,345,538,500
Association 69 $ 5,954,000 $ 15,167,900
Research and Education 50 $ 6,599,400 $ 15,088,800
Tourism 9,327 $ 318,707,900 $ 800,925,500
Total Direct Impact 33,015 $ 1,334,095,600 $ 4,177,807,600
Supplier Impact JobsWagesOutput
Agriculture 3,359 $ 117,038,100 $ 269,353,500
Business and Personal Services 3,634 $ 302,357,600 $ 574,598,400
Construction Jobs 110 $ 8,057,500 $ 26,693,500
Finance, Insurance and Real Estate 1,571 $ 84,223,100 $ 420,360,100
Government 287 $ 32,278,700 $ 90,068,000
Manufacturing 743 $ 59,631,300 $ 311,088,100
Mining 11 $ 1,149,900 $ 3,792,200
Other - $ - $ -
Retailing 184 $ 9,652,300 $ 23,078,300
Transportation and Communication 1,662 $ 157,910,500 $ 527,789,100
Travel and Entertainment 685 $ 22,544,300 $ 47,559,000
Wholesaling 1,290 $ 114,624,900 $ 363,694,000
Total Supplier Impact 13,536 $ 909,468,200 $ 2,658,074,200
Induced Economic ImpactJobsWagesOutput
Agriculture 328 $ 14,599,500 $ 36,782,800
Business and Personal Services 6,270 $ 422,584,800 $ 773,155,900
Construction 121 $ 8,544,800 $ 28,764,000
Finance, Insurance and Real Estate 1,432 $ 89,662,500 $ 648,046,900
Government 221 $ 22,622,000 $ 66,869,900
Manufacturing 412 $ 30,916,900 $ 196,633,500
Mining 5 $ 391,800 $ 1,905,300
Other 472 $ 19,854,500 $ 27,910,900
Retailing 1,928 $ 90,992,800 $ 216,166,500
Transportation and Communication 1,075 $ 105,369,200 $ 361,677,800
Travel and Entertainment 2,110 $ 66,181,100 $ 164,402,600
Wholesaling 447 $ 44,586,100 $ 155,910,800
Total Induced Economic Impact 14,821 $ 916,306,000 $ 2,678,226,900
Total Economic Impact
Total Jobs 61,372
Total Wages $ 3,159,869,800
Total Output $ 9,514,108,700
Tourism Impact
Visits 3,105,069
Tourists943,136
Spending $1,053,769,300
Grape and Wine Production
Winery Count 836
Vineyard Acres 14,368
Taxes
Federal Excise Taxes $ 23,535,800
State Excise Taxes $ 23,518,100
Sales Tax $ 178,289,700
Control State Markups $ -
Other Taxes $ -
Total Consumption Taxes $ 225,343,600
Federal Consumption Taxes $ 23,535,800
State Consumption Taxes $ 201,807,800
Federal Business Taxes $ 493,654,700
State Business Taxes $ 277,479,600
Total Business Taxes $ 771,134,300
Total Federal Business and Consumption Taxes $ 517,190,500
Total State Business and Consumption Taxes $ 479,287,400
Total Federal and State Business and Consumption Taxes $ 996,477,900

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