Wine Industry Continues to Grow in the Commonwealth

By: David Coy Email
By: David Coy Email

WAYNESBORO --The wine industry has been becoming more popular the past few years, especially in Virginia.

In 2012, Virginia sold 24 percent more wine to other states than the year before. Wineries seem to be growing across Virginia. Proprietor Paul Anctil said you can thank the Commonwealth of Virginia for adding laws and licenses.

"Looking for ways to keep Virginia green, quite literally, When your economic crops like tobacco are disappearing and other viable crops don't bring the prices because of international competition, what do you do with land?" said Anctil.

What Virginia did with land created one of the most economical money makers the Commonwealth has seen in years. Anctil isn't just in it for the money.

"We have a large farm, with a lot of property. It's one of those things, we like wine, Virginia has a great and growing tradition, let's do it," said Anctil.

Sandy Hunt just started Hunt's Vineyard. She said her family started their vineyard because they wanted to own their own business.

"People seem to like it, you know. The small little places and relaxed atmosphere," said Hunt.

Even though sales may have gone up for wine, it still can be hard for those just starting out.

"It's a lot of work. Whole lot of work. My husband used to have a full time job and because of just a two acre vineyard, he had to quit his job a few years ago," said Hunt.

The wine industry has provided more than 4,700 jobs for Virginia. The business alone pumps $750 million into Virginia's economy.

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