House unanimously adopts Matzie resolution declaring Wine, Wineries and Grapes Month
HARRISBURG, Sept. 25 – The state House of Representatives today unanimously adopted H.R. 1074, designating October as Wine, Wineries and Grapes Month in Pennsylvania, according to the resolution’s sponsor, state Rep. Rob Matzie, D-Beaver/Allegheny.
“This resolution recognizes the tremendous positive impact on our state’s economy by Pennsylvania’s more than 270 licensed wineries and 280 wine grape growers who farm about 14,000 acres of land,” Matzie said. “These industries have added billions in economic value and created thousands of jobs. They also stimulate tourism, with wineries attracting more than 1 million visitors and generating more than $400 million in tourism-related spending annually.”
Matzie cited the results of a recent study commissioned by the Pennsylvania Winery Association showing that the commonwealth’s wine, grape and related industries have a total economic value to the state of $2.5 billion. The study also showed that wine, grapes and related industries have created more than 27,000 jobs, with a total payroll of $673 million.
"Beyond the economic impact, our state’s vineyards and wineries help preserve and maintain the commonwealth’s farmland, contribute to our rich agricultural history and enhance our quality of life,” Matzie said. “We’re so fortunate to have these vibrant industries that contribute so much to the commonwealth.”