Just two decades ago, Indiana had no grape and wine industry worth talking about. But today, more than 100 wineries dot Indiana.
The annual grape harvest (and the 2.4 million gallons of wine it makes) generates an economic impact of $600 million, sustains 4,000 full-time jobs, and pays $37 million in state and local taxes and $38 million in federal taxes.
The growth is thanks in part to the Purdue Wine Grape Team, a group funded by a 5-cent excise tax on every gallon of wine sold in Indiana.
Founded in 1991, the team is an agricultural extension program composed of enology, viticulture and marketing specialists who assist Indiana winemakers and grape growers.
IBJ Podcast host Mason King talks to two of them — Bruce Bordelon and Jill Blume — about Indiana's wine industry, what makes it special and what to expect in the future.
You can read more about the Indiana wine industry at IBJ.
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Photo for this episode by Tom Campbell, courtesy of Purdue Agricultural Communication .
Music for this episode:
Jazz Shuffle Blues by texasradiofish (c) copyright 2014 Licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution Noncommercial (3.0) license. Ft: Bluemillenium, Copperhead, David Merrick, ElRon XChile, Jeris, Annon, Rey Izian, Javolenus, Speck, Kara Square, Chuck Berglund, Nickleus, Fireproof Babies, My Free Mickey, DJ Snyder