Nebraska wineries show resiliency during recession

Despite the recession and the pinch put on people’s discretionary income, Nebraska enters 2011 with more wineries than ever before.

“In 15 years, we’ve gone from one winery to 26,” said Paul Read, the University of Nebraska’s main resource on the wine and grape business.

The growth continued right on through what was billed nationally as the worst economic setback since the Great Depression.

And growth also extends to the wine consumption numbers kept by the Nebraska Liquor Control Commission. The 2010 total hit an all-time high of 2.84 million gallons, up more than 200,000 gallons from the previous year.

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