Local winery says Idaho is drinking a better quality product

BUHL, Idaho (KMVT/KSVT) Idaho ranks number one among U.S. states in the most wine consumption per capita. That's according to a new report from VinePair.com and based on information from the National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism.

Idaho takes the top spot, with more than one gallon of wine consumption per capita. That's nearly twice as much as neighboring states Oregon and Washington.

Both of Idaho neighbors to the west rank in the top 10 states in wine production. Idaho doesn't make that list, but the industry is growing here in the Gem-State, according to local winery owner and entrepreneur James Holesinsky.

"People are drinking fresher and better wines," Holesinsky said. "I think that's one of the reasons in Idaho people are drinking wine more frequently. They're supporting local wineries and they're getting a better product."

Director of Marketing for Holesisnky Vineyard and Winery, Eric Smallwood, thinks the population boost Idaho's seen has something to do with thriving business climate.

"Plus, we've got an influx in population," Smallwood said. "What do they say? That Idaho is the fastest growing state in the nation? Well it looks like a lot of them are wine drinkers."

Ultimately, Holesinsky and Smallwood believe the success of the industry will pass down to the consumers at a local level in terms of the quality of wine Idaho produces.

Despite ranking in the top nationally among states with the most wine consumption, Idaho is well below the amount in total volume of wine consumed. The Gem State is at 12,630 gallon of wine consumed, while neighboring states Washington and Oregon both come in over 15,000 gallons of wine consumed.

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