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Report: San Diego County’s Wine Industry Keeps Growing

Horseback riders with Ramona Trails Association take a wine tasting tour in R...

Photo by Susan Murphy

Above: Horseback riders with Ramona Trails Association take a wine tasting tour in Ramona on Oct. 27, 2013.

Report: San Diego County's Wine Industry Keeps Growing

GUESTS:

Linda McWilliams, president, San Diego County Vintners Association and San Pasqual Winery and Tasting Room

Vince Vasquez, independent industry analyst

Transcript

A new report shows the economic impact of San Diego's wine industry is $30.4 million. The total number of acres of wine grapes harvested has more than doubled since 2010.

The report, commissioned by the San Diego County Vintners Association, found the growth in wineries is largely due to the passage of a 2010 ordinance that allowed most wineries to open without obtaining a costly permit. San Diego County is now home to more than 100 wineries.

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But can San Diego become California's next wine destination? And can it compete with the local craft beer industry?

Linda McWilliams, president of the San Diego County Vintners Association and San Pasqual Winery and Vince Vasquez, author of the report, discuss the economics behind the local wine industry Thursday on Midday Edition.

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