Global wine shortage could be boom for local wineries

Global wine shortage could be boom for local wineries
TRI-CITIES, Wash. -- You may have heard about fears of a global wine shortage.

Action News learned this could mean higher prices at the grocery store -- but a big boom for our local wineries.

The wine industry produced 300-million fewer cases last year. Experts say this year could be worse.

A bad season internationally means fewer grapes -- which could spell higher prices for you.

Locally, wine producers expect a bigger demand for Washington wine.

"I'm hoping we're going to see a little bit more of a boom from it. Some of the other wine producing countries haven't been able to keep up with a lot of the demand, where as Washington is expanding more and more every year," says Jenn Nance with Goose Ridge Winery.

Overall consumption of wine has gone up eight percent since 2000. The United States accounts for 12 percent of total wine consumed world-wide.