California farmers planting more grapes
April 16, 2014
• Acreage increases 3.7 percent
• Most acreage for wine grapes
Grape vines are growing over more and more of California as farmers add to their grape acreage, according to a report from the National Agricultural Statistics Service of the USDA.
California’s 2013 grape acreage totaled 878,000 acres, up from 847,000 acres the year before. Of the total grape acreage last year, 820,000 were bearing while 58,000 were non-bearing.
The wine-type grape acreage is estimated at 570,000 acres. Of the total, 525,000 acres were bearing and 45,000 were non-bearing. The leading wine-type varieties continued to be Chardonnay and Cabernet Sauvignon.
Table-type grape acreage totaled 105,000 acres up 7.1 percent from the 98,000 acres in 2012. Of the total acreage plants to table grapes last year, 95,000 were bearing and 10,000 non-bearing. Flame Seedless was the leading table-type grape variety.
Acreage of raisin-type grapes totaled 203,000 acres, of which 200,000 were bearing and 3,000 were non-bearing. The NASS says there were no appreciable changes in those numbers from 2012.
Thompson Seedless continued to be the leading raisin-type variety and was utilized for raisins, fresh market, concentrate, and wine.