ST. LOUIS, Mo. (KMOX) – You may have heard about an international wine shortage, but don’t worry, Missouri isn’t having that problem.
In fact, it’s been a fantastic year for Missouri grapes according to Danene Beedle, Marketing Director for the Missouri Wine and Grape Board.
“We are not seeing a wine shortage of Missouri wines. We have 125 wineries in the state and we have 1,700 acres of grapes,” says Beedle.
“Missouri’s industry continues to grow and we’re seeing shortages in other areas as an opportunity for Missouri wines to be given a chance by consumers that are looking for something new or maybe something different.”
Last summer you’ll remember we had a drought and what that did was create a high quality fruit but less of it…so there was a lower yield than this year. Beedle adds the number of wineries has doubled in Missouri in the last ten years.
“Missouri wine is very important to the state’s economy. We have a $1.6 billion annual impact on our state.”