Tuesday, April 14, 2015

Winegrapes dominate grape crop in California

Winegrapes accounted for about two-thirds of the grapes grown in California in 2014, according to the National Agricultural Statistics Service office in Sacramento.

From their report:
California’s 2014 grape acreage totaled 928,000 acres, according to USDA’s National Agricultural Statistics Service, California Field Office. Of the total grape acreage, 865,000 were bearing while 63,000 were non-bearing. The wine-type grape acreage is estimated at 615,000 acres. Of the total acres, 565,000 were bearing and 50,000 were non-bearing. Table-type grape acreage totaled 121,000 acres with 110,000 bearing and 11,000 non-bearing. Acreage of raisin-type grapes totaled 192,000 acres, of which 190,000 were bearing and 2,000 were non-bearing.

The leading wine-type varieties continued to be Chardonnay and Cabernet Sauvignon. Flame Seedless was the leading table-type grape variety. Thompson Seedless continued to be the leading raisin-type variety and was utilized for raisins, fresh market, concentrate, and wine.

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