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Wine Grape Prices Take Big Jump : 2021 California Grape Crush Report (Preliminary)

Full report here (PDF)

In 2021, Chardonnay continued to account for the largest percentage of the total tonnage crushed at 16.0%.

 

Cabernet Sauvignon accounted for the second largest percentage of the total crush at 15.3%.

 

Grapes produced in District 4 (Napa County) received the highest average price at $6,090.55 per ton, up 32.5% from 2020. District 3 (Sonoma and Marin counties) received the second highest average price at $2,671.57 per ton, up 10.7% from 2020.

 

Table grape varieties crushed for wine accounted for 2.8% of the total crush and raisin varieties crushed for wine were 3.6% of the total crush.

 

District 13 (Madera, Fresno, Alpine, Mono, Inyo Counties; and Kings and Tulare Counties north of Nevada Avenue (Avenue 192)), had the largest share of the State’s crush at 1,190,395 tons. The average price per ton in District 13 was $335.75.


 


The 2021 Chardonnay average price of $967.52 was up 16.6% from 2020 and the Cabernet Sauvignon average price of $1,643.06 was up 33.0% from 2020.

 

The 2021 average price for French Colombard was $324.51, up 13.0% from 2020, while the Zinfandel average price was up 21.7% from 2020, at $636.79 per ton.


 


Prices for 2020 reflected adjustments due to smoke damage, as reported by purchasers. For more information about how purchasers reported smoke damaged grapes last year, go to cdfa.ca.gov/mkt/pdf/GrapeCrush2020_Smoke_Taint_FAQ.pdf
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