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Study: Oregon Wine Growth Nearly Doubles

A study for the Oregon wine industry finds its economic impact has nearly doubled since 2005 and now stands at $2.7 billion.

The study released Thursday was done for the Oregon Wine Board by Full Glass Research of Berkeley, Calif.

Wine Board chairman Sam Tannahil says in a statement that the study shows wine is becoming one of Oregon’s leading agricultural industries.

The study finds that Oregon’s 419 wineries and 849 vineyards accounted for over 13,000 jobs in 2010 with wages of $382 million.

Oregon wineries produced 1.7 million cases of wine valued at $252 million, with about half of that being sold out of state.

Copyright 2011 The Associated Press.

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