The wine industry has something to cheer about. A new state reports shows a full glass in Virginia.
Between 2005 and 2010, the Virginia wine industry's economic impact grew 106%.
There are nearly 200 wineries in Virginia including the Peaks of Otter winery in Bedford County. Owner Danny Johnson says the reason for success statewide is simple.
"It's part of agriculture and that means a lot to people and we're local," says Johnson, "We have a lot of local people."
Plus wineries have become weekend trips. It's a time to have fun with friends and family without spending too much money.
"We see new customers all the time," says Johnson, "People like to travel and visit wineries. It's something that's a social event for them. They love doing it."
The industry's success also means wineries are hiring. The state report shows full time jobs at wineries increased by 50% during the same time period.
"Its allowed my son to come back on the farm," says Johnson, "He was teaching school. So he's back on the farm and both my grandsons are working for us on the farm."
Johnson has hired others as well.
His fruit wines are home grown and going home with more customers these days.