The Value of Good Neighbors: A Spatial Analysis of the California and Washington Wine Industries

Selected Paper prepared for presentation at the Agricultural & Applied Economics Association 2010 AAEA,CAES, & WAEA Joint Annual Meeting, Denver, Colorado, July 25-27, 2010

Nan Yang, Jill J. McCluskey, and Michael Brady

“The fact that wineries tend to cluster in certain sub-regions can be partially explained by the terroir of those areas. However, a gap in our understanding of the spatial relationships among wineries remains. In this article, winery-level data with geographic information system (GIS) coordinates are utilized to examine the spatial relationships among neighboring wineries. Spatial effects for the California and Washington wine industries are assessed by performing clustering tests based on wine prices and tasting scores. A spatial lag model is then estimated to test the hypothesis that there are positive effects from neighbors when analyzing the hedonic price equations. The regression results indicate that there exists strong and positive neighbor effect.”

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