National Wine Day A perfect excuse to support Virginia wineries

VIRGINIA – If you haven’t already had an excuse to support Virginia’s wine industry, Wednesday, May 25th is a fitting one: it’s National Wine Day.

More than 4,000 acres of grape vines stretch across Virginia. 28 grape varieties are grown in 10 regions of the state Virginia Wine Board.

There is an even split between red and white grape production. Most vines are grown in northern and central Virginia, although quality wines can be found throughout the state.

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The average American drank about 3.18 gallons of wine in 2021. According to the Wine Institute, there was a total of 1.1 billion gallons of wine nationwide, of which 879 million gallons were table wine.

2019, the last “normal year” before the pandemic, Wine consumption per capita in Virginia was 0.49 gallons per person, according to an NIH study.

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The top 10 states for per capita wine consumption were:

1. District of Columbia, 1.01 gallons per capita.
2. New Hampshire, 0.82 gallons per capita.
3. Vermont, 0.75 gallons per capita.
4. Delaware, 0.71 gallons per capita.
5. (Tie) California and Massachusetts, 0.61 gallons per capita.
7. (Tie) Connecticut and Nevada, 0.60 gallons per capita.
9. Hawaii, 0.59 per capita.
10. New Jersey, 0.55 per capita.

alcohol consumption According to a preliminary report by the National Institutes of Health, there appears to have been an increase in general during the pandemic, whether due to the increased stress of isolation, the ready availability of alcohol from either home liquor cabinets and wine cellars or from delivery services and boredom.

According to the, the wine industry is reacting to the changes caused by COVID-19 State of the US Wine Industry 2022 Report by Rob McMillan, Founder of Silicon Valley Bank’s Wine Division.

These changes included a shift to remote workplaces and a migration from cities to suburbs and a consequent shift to where consumers buy their wine.

“The country will most likely never fully return to the traditional office or fully restore business travel, affecting both restaurant and airline wine sales,” McMillan wrote. “There have also been lasting changes in online sales as more consumers use the internet as an option to buy virtually anything rather than going to a metropolitan store.”

The number of wineries in Virginia would approach 50 by the mid-1990s. In less than a decade, that number would double. Today with more than 300 wineries, according to the Virginia Wine Board Marketing Office.

The Virginia wine industry has provided 8,218 jobs and $1.37 billion in annual revenue. Additionally, Virginia’s wineries are tourist destinations, visited by more than 2.2 million people each year, according to Virginia Wine.

The majority of Virginia’s 300 wineries are located in the Blue Ridge foothills of Loudoun County, the Charlottesville area, and other regions. Other Virginia wineries such as Ingleside Vineyards and Williamsburg Winery have a coastal climate.

Virginia Tech offers viticulture courses and consulting services, and community colleges have undergraduate courses to train those new to the business.

According to medical experts, drinking wine in moderation, especially red wine, can lead to positive health outcomes.

Moderately, Wine can be heart healthy. Although the links between red wine and fewer heart attacks aren’t fully understood, the polyphenol antioxidant called resveratrol may help prevent coronary artery disease, which leads to heart attacks, according to the Mayo Clinic.

The antioxidants in wine can prevent oral canceraccording to a study by the University of Missouri School of Dentistry.

Another study published in April 2000 in the American Journal of Epidemiology found that women who drank one to three glasses of wine a day a lower risk of developing osteoporosisage-related bone thinning associated with calcium loss.

Another study published in the American Journal of Clinical Nutrition came to a similar conclusion, finding that mineral density was 12 to 16 percent in moderate wine and beer drinkers compared to non-drinkers. However, Schnaps seemed to have it opposite effect.

That Health benefits of white wine similar to those of red wine. It contains the same heart-healthy antioxidants as red wine and is generally lower in calories.

Actually a glass Wine can help you lose weightUniversity of Washington scientists who found the same antioxidants in grapes and berries that support heart health can convert excess white fat into calorie-burning beige fat, according to University of Washington scientists.

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