Study by Bill Matthews, AIC researcher, shows wine industry accounts for 11-percent of SLO County economy

A recent study shows the county’s wine industry provides an estimated $1.43 billion in regional economic activity, $194 million of revenue for the regional tourism industry, $923 million of total value added to the California gross state product, and 12,195 jobs to the California economy. The numbers are especially impressive because the study is based on data from 2015 which was a difficult year for growers and wineries due to substantially lower grape yields.

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