WICHITA, Kan. (AP) Two new surveys have found that Kansas grape growers tend nearly 350 acres of vines and produced more than 100,000 gallons of wine last year.
The surveys were released this week by the National Agricultural Statistics Service office in Kansas.
Kansas Agriculture Secretary Dale Rodman says the data will help the state better understand how to encourage growth in the grape and wine industries. He says Kansas is committed to spurring growth in both traditional and specialty commodities.
The surveys found the Kansas grapes were valued at slightly more than $400,000 last year. The state’s wineries had about 252,000 visitors, nearly half of them from Kansas.
Reds account for 53 percent of Kansas-made wines, followed by white wines at 39 percent and rose wines at 8 percent.