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Good News For The Maryland Wine Industry
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Good News For The Maryland Wine Industry

The following information was sent to us by Regina McCarthy:

The Office of the Comptroller’s Alcohol and Tobacco Tax Annual Report 
shows that the wineries of Maryland sold 181,000 more bottles of wine in 
2011 than 2010; an 11.6% increase.  Wineries increased their share of 
the state wine market to 2.38% and total sales came in at over $19 
million dollars for the year.

The industry maintained momentum after the last two years' legislative 
changes, such as the passage of both the Winery Modernization Bill and 
the Direct Shipping Bill.

“This industry grows more than just good wine," said Comptroller Peter 
Franchot. "It promotes agriculture, tourism and land preservation, all 
while adding to the state’s bottom line through job creation and tax 
revenue.”

Industry programs like Maryland Wine Week and new events such as 
Decanter and Eat•Drink•Go LOCAL create opportunities for Marylanders and 
wine lovers from outside the state.

“Wine and culinary tourism is one of the top reasons people travel, and 
Maryland's wineries are no exception," said Hannah Byron, Assistant 
Secretary of Maryland's Division of Tourism, Film and the Arts. "With 
over 50 wineries, five wine trails and many events throughout the year, 
visitors from around the world travel to this region to uncork a bottle 
in Maryland."

“This is further proof that agriculture is a growing industry in 
Maryland, creating high-quality jobs to support the state’s rural 
economy,” said Maryland Agriculture Secretary Buddy Hance.

“The Maryland Wineries Association is thrilled about the industry 
growth in 2011,” said Dick Seibert, president of the Maryland Wineries 
Association. “This growth indicates that more Marylanders are eating, 
drinking and choosing local businesses and products. This growth also 
shows that wineries are economic engines that create jobs.”

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