West Virginia Wine Industry

West Virginia
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 West Virginia wine industry generated over $500 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 West Virginia.

West Virginia Wine Industry Highlights

Total
Output

 The wine industry generates close to $501.65 million in total economic activity in the State of West Virginia, 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 West Virginia wine industry includes a total of 17 wine producers¹ as well as 0 acres of vineyards.

Job
Creation

The West Virginia wine industry directly employs as many as 2,115 people, and generates an additional 674 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, 3,615 jobs are created and supported by the wine industry.

Wage
Generation

The West Virginia wine industry provides good jobs, paying an average of $39,300 in annual wages and benefits. The total wages generated by direct, indirect, and induced economic activity driven by the wine industry are $142.21 million.

Tourist
Activity

The West Virginia wine industry is a major magnet for tourists and tourism-driven expenses. West Virginia’s “wine country” regions generates 6900 tourist visits and $2.34 million in annual tourism expenditures, benefiting local economies and tax bases.

Tax
Revenue

The West Virginia wine industry generates sizeable tax revenues on the local, state, and national levels. In 2022, the industry will pay nearly $11.58 million in state and local taxes, and $15.46 million in federal taxes for a total of $27.03 million. In addition, the industry generates approximately $1.19 million federal consumption taxes and $11.65 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 West Virginia Wine Industry in 2022

Direct Economic ImpactJobsWagesOutput
Winery 63 $ 1,831,600 $ 17,507,700
Vineyard - $ - $ -
Wholesale 62 $ 4,022,200 $ 16,760,400
Retail 1,963 $ 56,608,500 $ 138,656,600
Association - $ - $ -
Research and Education - $ - $ -
Tourism 27 $ 629,200 $ 1,781,100
Total Direct Impact 2,115 $ 63,091,500 $ 174,705,800
Supplier Impact JobsWagesOutput
Agriculture 81 $ 67,500 $ 2,758,500
Business and Personal Services 185 $ 11,560,700 $ 22,900,300
Construction Jobs 5 $ 278,200 $ 1,114,800
Finance, Insurance and Real Estate 94 $ 3,333,200 $ 22,337,900
Government 15 $ 1,225,300 $ 2,656,200
Manufacturing 77 $ 6,293,700 $ 42,449,100
Mining 56 $ 6,030,400 $ 35,130,900
Other - $ - $ -
Retailing 11 $ 361,300 $ 1,086,300
Transportation and Communication 91 $ 6,134,500 $ 22,292,200
Travel and Entertainment 33 $ 880,100 $ 1,965,300
Wholesaling 26 $ 1,850,800 $ 6,330,600
Total Supplier Impact 674 $ 38,015,700 $ 161,022,100
Induced Economic ImpactJobsWagesOutput
Agriculture 59 $ 134,000 $ 2,074,400
Business and Personal Services 300 $ 17,098,200 $ 33,185,500
Construction 5 $ 247,600 $ 999,000
Finance, Insurance and Real Estate 100 $ 4,377,500 $ 37,276,800
Government 8 $ 642,000 $ 1,924,000
Manufacturing 64 $ 5,366,400 $ 40,679,700
Mining 25 $ 2,606,900 $ 15,841,100
Other 17 $ 623,300 $ 1,030,300
Retailing 89 $ 2,790,300 $ 8,121,100
Transportation and Communication 43 $ 3,269,700 $ 12,426,100
Travel and Entertainment 97 $ 2,457,900 $ 6,665,700
Wholesaling 19 $ 1,493,600 $ 5,697,700
Total Induced Economic Impact 826 $ 41,107,400 $ 165,921,400
Total Economic Impact
Total Jobs 3,615
Total Wages $ 142,214,600
Total Output $ 501,649,300
Tourism Impact
Visits 6,905
Tourists2,097
Spending $2,343,300
Grape and Wine Production
Winery Count 17
Vineyard Acres -
Taxes
Federal Excise Taxes $ 1,193,900
State Excise Taxes $ 1,371,200
Sales Tax $ 10,279,900
Control State Markups $ -
Other Taxes $ -
Total Consumption Taxes $ 12,845,000
Federal Consumption Taxes $ 1,193,900
State Consumption Taxes $ 11,651,100
Federal Business Taxes $ 15,456,000
State Business Taxes $ 11,578,400
Total Business Taxes $ 27,034,400
Total Federal Business and Consumption Taxes $ 16,649,900
Total State Business and Consumption Taxes $ 23,229,500
Total Federal and State Business and Consumption Taxes $ 39,879,400

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