Wineshops are still in the process of establishing themselves in the wine industry, but the industry is now increasingly taking a different approach.
According to Wine Advocate, the industry’s growth has seen an uptick in the number of interviews and the frequency of wine industry-related events, such as wine tours, events that provide an opportunity to network and learn about the industry, and more.
In 2016, Wine Advocate reported that more than 1,000 wineries held at least one interview.
These were followed by more than 2,300 in 2017, with a record number of wineries reporting on more than 6,000 interviews in 2018.
Wine Advocate’s analysis of industry events in the United States found that more wineries than ever had wine events on tap in 2018, with nearly 50 percent of the overall winery industry events.
In fact, the number is so high that the industry was able to expand its wine events in 2018 even while it had no plans to expand.
Wines and spirits have also grown in popularity in the industry.
In the same year, the market for spirits grew to $13.6 billion, while wine and spirits sales were estimated to increase by more to $16.7 billion.
A growing market for premium wines has led to an increase in the percentage of winery owners who are professionals.
In 2016, 46 percent of winemakers surveyed by Wine Advocate were professionals.
This percentage is expected to rise to 62 percent by 2020.
The average winery’s staff now consists of a full-time salesperson and a part-time wine salesperson, and the number will likely increase in future years.
In 2018, the average salesperson earned $72,000, while the part-timers earned $67,000.
In 2018, Wine Observer reported that wineries were offering incentives for their employees to become professional, such a $5,000 annual stipend, $100 in wine sales per year, and up to $1,000 per month in wine appreciation and training credits.
As the industry continues to grow, the majority of winemaker jobs are held by women.
Women represent 23 percent of all winery employees in the US.