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Preliminary Report Shows California Crushed 4 Million Tons of Wine Grapes in 2017

Red wine grape varieties accounted for 2.2 million tons, down 1.6 percent from 2016. White grape varieties totaled 1.8 million tons, or up .7 percent more than in 2016 ... North Coast prices, for red varieties, rose from 8 to 11 percent.
by Kerana Todorov
February 09, 2018

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The California Agricultural Statistics Service’s preliminary crush report released today shows 4 million tons of wine grapes were crushed in 2017 in the Golden State – about the same as in 2016.

Red wine grape prices continue to increase, according to the report state and federal officials published at noon.

The 2017 average price for all varieties of wine grapes was about $775 per ton, up 1.5 percent from 2016.
The average price for red wine grape varieties was about $962 - up 4.6 percent from 2016.

The average price for white wine grapes was $587- down 2 percent from 2016.

Chardonnay remained the leading grape variety crushed in California. Chardonnay accounted for 14.5 percent of the total crush.

Cabernet Sauvignon was the leading red grape variety, with 14.2 percent of the total crush.

Napa (District 4) produced the most expensive wine grapes. The highest average price was about $5,205 per ton, up 11 percent from 2016.

Prices for fruit from Sonoma and Marin counties (District 3) was about $2,803 – or 8.2 percent more than in 2016.

The tonnage and prices published in the preliminary report are for grapes sold before Jan. 10.

The Final Grape Crush Report is published March 9.

Stay tuned for more analysis. 

The report is available at: www.nass.usda.gov/ca

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