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March 17, 2009

WINERY SURVEY RESULTS

At the request of the New York State Department of Agriculture and Markets, a seven question winery survey was conducted the first week of March 2009.† Results are a tabulated summation of reports received during this very short data collection period.† No attempt was made to estimate for non-response or incomplete reports.† This survey targeted wineries with fewer than 1 million gallons in annual production.

Of the 168 wineries reporting, 2 started active wineries prior to 1900.† The wine industry grew actively through the years.† From 2000 to 2009, 86 new wineries were established.

 

Number of Wineries By Year Established

Before 1900

1900
to
1969

1970
to
1979

1980
to
1989

1990
to
1999

2000
to
2009

Total

Number

2

3

11

33

33

86

168

Wineries have been expanding their operations.† In the last 5 years, 76 wineries expanded their vineyard or orchard, while 83 wineries expanded their wine production facilities.

Of the 168 wineries that responded, 34 were licensed by New York State as commercial wineries.† Another 133 were licensed as farm wineries, and 1 was licensed as a micro winery.

 

Type of License

Commercial

Farm

Micro Winery

Total

Number

34

133

1

168

Annual wine production was reported by 159 wineries.† The total production of these wineries was 3,946,728 gallons.

There were 159 wineries that reported their sales channels.† Wineries reporting sales at their winery or at a farmerís market numbered 147.† This accounted for 34 percent of the total gallons produced.† Wineries selling through a distributor numbered 46, and this accounted for 55 percent of the total gallons produced.


Sales by Channel

At Winery
or
Farmers Market

Direct
to
Liquor
Stores

Direct
To
Restaurants

Through
a
Distributor

Via
Direct Shipments

Total

Number

147

86

75

46

86

 

Percent of Total Gallons

34

5

2

55

4

100




Of the 159 wineries reporting sales by location, 156 reported sales in-state.† This accounted for 86 percent of the total gallons produced.† Wine was sold out-of-state by 87 wineries, which accounted for 14 percent of total gallons produced.

 

Sales by Location

In-State

Out-of-State

Total

Number

156

87

 

Percent of Total Gallons

86

14

100

Total annual production was divided into 3 size groups.† The smallest group includes wineries with total annual production under 5,000 gallons, and 81 percent of their production was sold at their winery or at farmerís markets.† The middle group had total annual production between 5,000 and 50,000 gallons, and 61 percent of their production was sold at their winery or at farmerís markets while 17 percent was sold through a distributor.† Wineries with annual production over 50,000 gallons sold 79 percent of their production through a distributor.

 

Sales Channel by Size Group (Gallons)

1 Ė 4,999

5,000 Ė 49,999

50,000 +

Number Selling at Winery or Farmers Markets

† 53

† 83

† 11

Percent of Total Gallons

† 81

† 61

† 16

       

Number Selling to Liquor Stores

† 30

† 51

††† 5

Percent of Total Gallons

††† 7

† 10

††† 2

       

Number Selling to Restaurants

† 24

† 46

††† 5

Percent of Total Gallons

††† 4

† ††4

††† 1

       

Number Selling Through Distributors

††† 5

† 31

† 10

Percent of Total Gallons

††† 4

† 17

† 79

       

Number Selling Direct Shipments

† 21

† 56

††† 9

Percent of Total Gallons

††† 4

††† 8

††† 2

       

Number of Wineries

† 59

† 88

† 12

Percent of Total Gallons

100

100

100

New York State Department of Agriculture and Markets,

Statistics Division