House unanimously adopts Matzie resolution designating October as ‘Wine, Wineries and Grapes Month’ in PA

HARRISBURG, Oct. 24 – The state House of Representatives yesterday unanimously adopted a resolution declaring October as Wine, Wineries and Grapes Month in Pennsylvania, state Rep. Rob Matzie, D-Beaver/Allegheny, announced.

Matzie said he introduced H.R. 521 to raise awareness about how Pennsylvania’s economy benefits from the commonwealth’s more than 270 licensed wineries and 280 wine grape growers farming about 14,000 acres throughout the state.

“As the fourth-largest producer of wine grapes in the nation, Pennsylvania’s grape growers have a huge impact on our economy,” Matzie said. “In fact, the production of grapes for wines and juices contributes about $1.5 billion annually to the state’s economy, and the grape-growing industry has created nearly 10,000 jobs, with a payroll of $390 million.

“Beyond the economic impact, the state’s wineries have a major positive impact on tourism, attracting more than one million visitors each year and generating an estimated $320 million annually in tourism-related spending.”

Matzie added that the commonwealth’s vineyards and wineries perform other important roles, including helping to sustain Pennsylvania’s farmland, contributing to the state’s agricultural history and enhancing residents’ quality of life.

“It’s pretty amazing to see the multitude of benefits that grow out of our rich Pennsylvania soil when it’s tended by skilled hands,” Matzie said.