There are nearly 12,000 wineries in the U.S. and, as we report, the official number grew by 3 percent last year, reaching 11,691. They’re mostly small businesses. There are now 15 wineries in Alaska, six in Hawaii, seven in Wyoming and the Dakotas are home to 38. Eight of 10 wineries in the U.S. make fewer than 1,000 cases while a third make fewer than 5,000 cases. Per Wines Vines Analytics, there are 281 medium-sized wineries making 50,000 to 499,999 cases—counting both bonded and virtual wineries. There are 79 large wineries in the U.S. making 500,000 cases or more, including 10 virtual wineries, including custom crush wineries and facilities owned by wine conglomerates with multiple sites.
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