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Digging Into Groundwater in Paso Vineyards
 
04.15.2014
 
Pumping moratorium hearing delayed; wine industry divided
 
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In August 2013 the San Luis Obispo County Board of Supervisors enacted a moratorium on new water use. Photo: Steinbeck Vineyards & Winery
Paso Robles, Calif.—While the entire state deals with drought, vineyards and other agriculture businesses in San Luis Obispo (SLO) County face a steeper uphill battle over groundwater in the ebbing Paso Robles basin.

Wine industry stakeholders are divided and seeking legal remedies ranging from an injunction against a county moratorium on new water use to a bill that would create a California Water District.

In 2013 wine grapes were the county’s highest value agricultural crop, bringing in more than $220 million, according to the SLO County crop report released April 2.
 
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Metrics Show Wine Industry Thriving
 
04.14.2014
 
DtC shipments and winery hiring record double-digit growth in March
 
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Direct-to-consumer shipments typically increase during March, but this past March saw an unprecedented spike in shipments.
 
San Rafael, Calif.—Wineries are selling more wine at higher prices, direct-to-consumer shipments are peaking and winery hiring is at record highs.

The outlook for the industry appears positive, according to the latest industry metrics report by Wines Vines Analytics. Direct-to-consumer shipments in March grew 20% over the same time last year and were up 10% over the past 12 months. The total value of March shipments hit $213 million.


 
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Wine Industry Metrics
 
Off-Premise Sales » Month   12 Months  
March 2013 $546 million
5%
$6,988 million
7%
March 2014 $572 million $7,451 million
     
Direct-to-Consumer Shipments » Month   12 Months  
March 2013 $177 million
20%
$1,483 million
10%
March 2014 $213 million $1,634 million
     
Winery Job Index » Month   12 Months  
March 2013 253
15%
166
27%
March 2014 292 210
     
 
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