California winegrape harvest up in volume – and price

SACRAMENTO
February 10, 2017 12:22pm
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•  Tonnage up 8.5 percent from 2015

•  Average price up nearly 12 percent


Last year was bountiful for California winegrape growers, according to the preliminary grape crush report released Friday by the USDA’s National Agricultural Statistics Service.

The 2016 crush totaled 4,196,723 tons, up 8.5 percent from the 2015 crush of 3,868,459 tons.

Red wine varieties accounted for the largest share of all grapes crushed at 2,255,300 tons, up 10.5 percent from 2015.

The 2016 white wine variety crush totaled 1,745,490 tons, up 4.9 percent from 2015.

Tons crushed of raisin type varieties totaled 98,205, up 6.2 percent from 2015, and tons crushed of table type varieties totaled 97,729, up 38.3 percent from 2015.

The 2016 average price of all varieties was $750.27 per ton, up 11.7 percent from 2015.

Average prices for the 2016 crop by type were:

• Red wine grapes, $899.44, up 13.9 percent from 2015;

• White wine grapes, $594.01, up 9.9 percent from 2015;

• Raisin grapes, $213.64, down 13.7 percent; and,

• Table grapes, $153.05, down 39.4 percent.

In 2016, Chardonnay continued to account for the largest percentage of the total crush volume with 16.0 percent. Cabernet Sauvignon accounted for the second leading percentage of crush with 13.3 percent. The next eight highest percentages of grapes crushed included only wine grape varieties. Thompson Seedless, the leading raisin grape variety crushed for 2016, held 2.0 percent of the total crush.

District 13, made up of Madera, Fresno, Alpine, Mono, Inyo counties and Kings and Tulare counties north of Avenue 192, had the largest share of the state’s crush, at 1,333,124 tons. The average price per ton in District 13 was $301.59.

Grapes produced in District 4 (Napa County) received the highest average price of $4,666.35 per ton, up 7.3 percent from 2015.

District 3 (Sonoma and Marin counties) received the second highest return of $2,584.87, up 5.9 percent from 2015. The 2016 Chardonnay price of $880.51 was up 11.7 percent from 2015, and the Cabernet Sauvignon price of $1,432.73 was up 8.8 percent from 2015. The 2016 average price for Zinfandel was $603.14, up 4.9 percent from 2015, while the Merlot average price was up 3.3 percent from 2015 at $765.34 per ton.


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