The 11,000 wineries in the US produce and sell a wide range of wines. Wines can be broadly categorized into three groups: still wine, often referred to as table wine; sparkling wine, effervescent wines like champagne; and dessert wine, such as brandy. Most wineries operate their own vineyards for grape production, but may purchase a large percentage of their needs from independent growers.

Industry Consolidation

The industry has seen an increase in the consolidation of vineyards and wineries, particularly smaller, family-owned operations.

Increased Regulation And Taxes

The wine industry is subject to strict, frequently changing, federal and state government regulations covering virtually every aspect of operations from production to advertising.