Californian wine crop big but not a record breaker
The Crush report for California's 2014 harvest has been released and it's a biggun at 3.91 million tons of wine grapes. The results are released by USDA’s National Agricultural Statistics Service.
California has had 2 boom years, so whilst 2014 is big it's actually a reduction of 7.9%. Red Wine grapes are still the largest share of all grapes crushed but this is down 11.7% from last year and White wine crush is down 3% to 1,7775,183 tons. Chardonnay continued to account for the largest percentage of the total crush volume followed by Cabernet Sauvignon. Rather like the hunger games California is divided into 17 districts for the purposes of measurement. District 13 which includes Madera, Fresno, Alpine, Mono, Inyo Counties, and Kings and Tulare Counties north of Nevada Avenue, had the largest share of the states crush. But the district that pulled in the highest prices were District Napa County with District 3 Sonoma and Marin counties receiving the second highest returns. Meanwhile in Washington they are celebrating a record harvest which reflects recent investment in the regions vineyards. The states total grape harvest was up 8% on 2013 to 227,000 tonnes.