Written by David Castellon
Grapes crushed by California wineries in 2017 exceeded the previous year’s total by more than 16,100 tons.
Last year’s “crush” totaled 4.23 million tons, a half percent increase from 2016’s crush, the California Department of Food and Agriculture reports.
The district comprised of Madera, Fresno, Alpine, Mono and Inyo counties, along with Kings and Tulare counties north of Avenue 192, had the largest share of the state’s crush, at a combined 1.4 million tons, with an average price of $304 paid for each ton of grapes.
Grapes produced in Napa County, which is its own district designated by CDFA, received the highest average price for grapes turned to wine last year – nearly $5,205 per ton.
Statewide, grape varieties used to make red wine accounted for the largest share of grapes crushed, more than 2.24 million tons, a 1.6 percent decline from 2016. White wine varieties crushed totaled more than 1.76 million tons, up .7 percent from 2016.
Chardonnay continued to account for the largest percentage of the total crush volume last year, with 14.5 percent. Cabernet Sauvignon accounted for the second leading percentage with 14.2 percent.
CDF’s final Grape Crush 2017 Report will be published March 9 and posted online at www.nass.usda.gov/ca.