|New program allows visitors to enjoy Ohio wines while earning rewards|
|Written by Sentinel-Tribune Staff|
|Tuesday, 04 June 2013 08:00|
REYNOLDSBURG - Starting this June, consumers can visit any of Ohio's participating wineries and earn points to redeem for prizes in the new Ohio Wines Visitor Incentive Program.
Visit www.ohiowinesvip.com to register and receive a free gift for becoming an Ohio Wines VIP. Then, visit participating wineries and begin collecting VIP reward ticket codes. For each participating winery visited, you will collect a ticket and receive points for each visit to that winery throughout the year. Then, enter your ticket codes and begin redeeming the points for rewards listed on the catalog page.
Ohio's nearly 200 wineries incorporate 1,600 acres of grapes that produce more than 1 million gallons of wine each year. Wineries, located all over the state, offer wine tastings, day trips, and tours to educate about the art of wine making and the top quality of Ohio wines.
Over the last 10 years, Ohio's wine industry has grown significantly. According to a 2008 Economic Impact report, Ohio's grape and wine industry generates more than $580 million in economic activity that supports local communities while producing a superior agricultural product. The Ohio grape and wine industry also employs more than 4,100 people, providing a payroll of $124.2 million.
The Ohio Grape Industries Committee is chaired by the Ohio Department of Agriculture. It provides marketing and promotion efforts to generate and expand new markets for grapes and grape products, and research to improve the quality and profitability of the crop.
June, signed into law as Ohio Wine Month in 2012, is a time to celebrate Ohio's wines, known as some of the best in the country, and their significant impact on Ohio's economy. For more information about where to find Ohio's award-winning wines, visit www.tasteohiowines.com.
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