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California grape crush hits record high

The 2012 California grape crush totalled a record high 4,383,100 tons, up 13% from the 2011 crush of 3,874,158 tons, and 1% larger than the previous record-high 2005 crush.

Red wine varieties accounted for the largest share of all grapes crushed, at 2,289,783 tons, up 19% from 2011. The 2012 white wine variety crush totalled 1,724,121 tons, up 21% from 2011.

In 2012 chardonnay accounted for the largest percentage of the total crush volume with 16.8%. Cabernet sauvignon accounted for the second-leading percentage of crush with 11.3 % of the total crush.

Grapes produced in Napa County received the highest average price of $3,578.79 per ton, up 5% from 2011. Sonoma and Marin counties received the second-highest return of $2,181.88, up 5% from 2011. The 2012 chardonnay price of $846.40 was up 12% from 2011, and the cabernet sauvignon price of $1,376.14 was up 19% from 2011. The 2012 average price for zinfandel was $712.85, up 27% from 2011, while the merlot average price was up 15% from 2011 at $800.77 per ton.

by S. C.
15 february 2013, World News > America

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