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Oregon's wine economy nearly doubles

In 2013, all things Oregon wine-related contributed a little over $3 billion to the economy. By 2016 that number had grown to over $5.5 billion.

PORTLAND, Ore. — What a difference just a few years make, especially when it comes to Oregon wine.

A new report shows a huge increase in the amount of money Oregon's wine industry pumped into the state.

In 2013, all things Oregon wine-related contributed a little over $3 billion to the economy. By 2016 that number had grown to over $5.5 billion.

Wine-related tourism saw the biggest increase.

"The biggest number that jumped out at us this year was how much tourism has affected our business as far as Oregon Wine goes in the last three years," said Sally Murdoch, with the Oregon Wine Board. "We went from 1.3 million wine visitors per year to 3.3 million just in three years time."

Hotels in Oregon wine country are seeing a big increase in visitors as are restaurants.

And those visitors are coming from all over the country and some from around the world.

The report also found the wine industry supports nearly 30 thousand jobs in Oregon.