Wine O’Clock: The States That Love Wine The Most

By Kathy Morris - Feb. 22, 2021

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There are some occasions that are just better with a glass of wine in one hand.

Work happy hours, weddings, and lazy Sunday brunches are just a few occasions that call for opening a bottle of wine.

However, wine fans are in luck, because February 24th is National “Drink Wine” Day. That means all day this Wednesday is Wine O’Clock.

To find out which states will be celebrating the hardest, we analyzed wine consumption data to see which states drink the most wine– and which states’ corkscrews are in the back of the drawer.

States That Drink The Most Wine

  1. Idaho
  2. New Hampshire
  3. Vermont
  4. Delaware
  5. Massachusetts
  6. California
  7. Connecticut
  8. Nevada
  9. Rhode Island
  10. Hawaii

Forget potatoes, Idaho consumes enough wine for every man, woman, and child (although hopefully the children aren’t drinking them…) to drink 38 bottles. Even Hawaii in #10 is still putting back 19 bottles.

States That Drink The Least Wine

  1. West Virginia
  2. Kansas
  3. Mississippi
  4. Utah
  5. Oklahoma
  6. Nebraska
  7. Kentucky
  8. South Dakota
  9. Iowa
  10. Arkansas

These states (primarily in the south and west) aren’t wino states– with each state consuming less than 7 bottles per person. Keep reading to see how much your state drinks and what they’re drinking.

Each State’s Favorite Wine

Wine Jobs By State

If you are a real wine aficionado, you can take your love of wine one step further and make a career in the exciting wine industry. According to the BLS, wineries employ over 64,000 workers– a number that’s up 153%.

What states offer you the best shot at getting a job in wine? 58% of all winery jobs are in California (36,924). Oregon, New York, and Virginia follow, but California is the clear epi-center of wine.

How We Figured This One Out

To determine how much wine each state consumes, we took the gallons of table wine drank in each state according to the National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism. From there, we converted gallons into bottles, since that is the more standard purchase of wine. Roughly 1 gallon = 5 bottles of wine.

However, since some states are home to a lot of people and others a lot less, we then took into account the number of bottles consumed per capita. Of course, this number includes some non-drinkers and children (which are hopefully are non-drinkers…). Which means some in the state are drinking more and others drinking less.

Our numbers on winery jobs comes from the BLS

Finally, to find out each state’s preferred wine, we used google search trends. We only looked at search volume for specific types of wine– sorry ambiguous fans of “white wine.”

Maybe Don’t Drink At Work..

While a glass of wine might be an excellent way to unwind from work, drinking at work probably won’t help your career.

In fact, sipping some rose might profoundly upset your boss and endanger your job. So maybe save rose all day for your days off. Or better yet Chardonnay responsibly.

Even if your work culture means drinking at work is perfectly acceptable (for example, grabbing a lager from the beer cart at the trendy startup you work at), getting intoxicated is unprofessional and damaging to your professional reputation.

That being said, maybe in honor of National Drink Wine Day, you can arrange an after work hours happy hour.

Which state drinks the most wine (Plus wine jobs and favorite wine)

State Bottles Per Person Favorite Wine Wine Jobs
Idaho 37.8 Cabernet 197
New Hampshire 28.0 Cabernet 133
Vermont 26.0 Cabernet 191
Delaware 23.3 Cabernet N/A
Massachusetts 21.0 Cabernet 241
California 19.7 Cabernet 36924
Connecticut 19.5 Cabernet 321
Nevada 19.3 Cabernet N/A
Rhode Island 18.9 Cabernet N/A
Hawaii 18.9 Cabernet N/A
Oregon 18.8 Pinot Noir 3145
New Jersey 18.6 Cabernet 609
Florida 17.1 Cabernet 362
New York 16.8 Cabernet 3012
Alaska 16.6 Cabernet N/A
Colorado 16.6 Cabernet N/A
Montana 16.6 Cabernet 59
Washington 16.5 Cabernet 2397
Virginia 15.9 Cabernet 2397
Maine 14.7 Rose N/A
Illinois 14.5 Cabernet 575
North Carolina 14.5 Cabernet 695
Minnesota 14.0 Cabernet 303
Michigan 13.0 Cabernet 992
Wisconsin 12.6 Cabernet 534
Arizona 12.4 Cabernet 281
Maryland 12.4 Rose 305
Missouri 12.2 Cabernet 303
Pennsylvania 10.8 Cabernet 1789
North Dakota 10.6 Cabernet N/A
Louisiana 10.6 Cabernet N/A
Texas 10.5 Cabernet 1736
Tennessee 10.3 Cabernet 452
Wyoming 10.1 Pinot Noir 25
New Mexico 10.0 Cabernet 205
Ohio 9.9 Cabernet 875
Indiana 9.3 Cabernet 875
Alabama 8.3 Pinot Noir 13
South Carolina 8.0 Cabernet 50
Georgia 7.9 Cabernet 208
Arkansas 7.5 Cabernet N/A
Iowa 7.3 Cabernet 414
South Dakota 7.0 Cabernet 118
Kentucky 6.9 Pinot Noir 143
Nebraska 6.7 Cabernet N/A
Oklahoma 6.2 Cabernet 74
Utah 6.0 Rose N/A
Mississippi 5.7 Cabernet N/A
Kansas 4.5 Cabernet 102
West Virginia 3.6 Cabernet 24

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Kathy Morris

Kathy is the head of content at Zippia with a knack for engaging audiences. Prior to joining Zippia, Kathy worked at Gateway Blend growing audiences across diverse brands. She graduated from Troy University with a degree in Social Science Education.

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