Va. Wine Sales Break Record, Up 11.4 Percent

RICHMOND, Va. (AP) — Gov. Bob McDonnell says Virginia wine sales are at an all-time high. McDonnell said Thursday that 462,112 cases of wine were sold in fiscal 2011. That's up 11.4 percent from the 414,785 cases sold in fiscal 2010. The state collected almost $1.8 million in wine liter tax revenue, up from about $1.

RICHMOND, Va. (AP) — Gov. Bob McDonnell says Virginia wine sales are at an all-time high.

McDonnell said Thursday that 462,112 cases of wine were sold in fiscal 2011. That's up 11.4 percent from the 414,785 cases sold in fiscal 2010.

The state collected almost $1.8 million in wine liter tax revenue, up from about $1.6 million in fiscal 2010.

McDonnell says the increases in sales and tax revenue show that more consumers domestically and internationally are choosing Virginia wines.

Virginia has nearly 200 wineries, the fifth largest number in the nation.

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