Matzie honors Pennsylvania wine and wineries

HARRISBURG, Sept. 26 – The state House of Representatives today unanimously adopted a resolution sponsored by state Rep. Rob Matzie, D-Beaver/Allegheny, that highlights the achievements of Pennsylvania wine producers.

House Resolution 1010 designates October 2016 as “Wine, Wineries and Grapes Month” in Pennsylvania.

“The grape and wine industry has made invaluable contributions to the commonwealth’s history, economy and quality of life,” Matzie said. “As the fourth-largest producer of wine grapes in the nation, Pennsylvanians in every corner of the state have benefited from the success and growth of this industry.”

According to a study commissioned by the Pennsylvania Winery Association, the production of grapes for wines and juices contributes approximately $1.9 billion to the state economy annually. In addition, the industry directly supports 8,629 jobs with a total payroll of $401 million. 

“The high-quality product produced by Pennsylvania wineries, and the scenic landscapes where they can be found has become a draw for tourists from across the country and around the globe,” Matzie said. “The wine industry has much to offer this state and I am proud to do whatever I can to help support this important part of our regional economy.”  

Pennsylvania’s 180 wineries attract 1.2 million visitors every year and bring an estimated $222 million in tourism expenditures each year.