The economic impact and importance of Georgia wineries
Watts, Timothy Kyle
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Georgia’s wine industry has experienced growth in recent years. This thesis utilizes two surveys to provide an accurate estimate of the economic impact of Georgia’s wine industry and the associated agritourism. The results obtained from the surveys utilize IMPLAN to determine the impact of Georgia’s winery industry on a regional and state level. Georgia wineries generate $44.970 million and $16.971 million in output and total value added, respectively, while creating 430 jobs throughout the states economy. In addition to the economic impact results, this thesis provides a wealth of descriptive information pertaining to Georgia wineries and winery visitors. Up until now, a complete state impact study for Georgia wineries was unavailable. With significant growth in the industry, this thesis gives insight to output, labor income, employment, and taxes that are generated due to the existence of Georgia’s wineries.