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Preliminary 2023 Grape Crush Report Reveals Slight Increase from 2022

The USDA National Agricultural Statistics Service released the preliminary California Grape Crush Report at noon on February 10th, revealing a total 2023 crush of 3,728,923 tons, up 1.6% from the 2022 crush of 3,670,861 tons. Red wine varieties accounted for the largest share of all grapes crushed, at 1,959,024 tons, up 2.3% from 2022. White wine varieties crushed totaled 1,709,270 tons, up 15.3% from 2022. Tons crushed of raisin type varieties totaled 43,621, down 58.9% from 2022, and tons crushed of table type varieties totaled 17,008, down 89.9% from 2022.

The Grape Crush Report includes the total number of tons crushed for concentrate production. In determining grape tonnage crushed for concentrate production, each processor was required to report the estimated equivalent tons of grapes crushed for grape concentrate. For the 2023 season, this total was 282,343 tons, 7.6% of the 2023 grape crush total. This report provides only the aggregate figure for grapes crushed for concentrate production and does not include information by district, type, or variety.

The 2023 average price of all varieties was $1,038.97, up 11.4% from 2022. Average prices for the 2023 crop by type were as follows: red wine grapes, $1,346.13, up 13.6% from 2022; white wine grapes, $733.33, up 6.4% from 2022; raisin grapes, $285.60, down 7.7% from 2022; and table grapes, $195.57, down 8.7% from 2022.

LEADING GRAPE VARIETIES AND DISTRICTS

In 2023, Chardonnay continued to account for the largest percentage of the total tonnage crushed at 17.5%. Cabernet Sauvignon accounted for the second largest percentage of the total crush at 17.3%. Raisin grape varieties crushed for wine accounted for 1.2% of the total crush and table varieties crushed for wine were .5% of the total crush.

District 13 (Madera, Fresno, Alpine, Mono, Inyo Counties; and Kings and Tulare Counties north of Nevada Avenue (Avenue192)), had the largest share of the State’s crush at 1,032,365 tons. The average price per ton in District 13 was $344.08.

Grapes produced in District 4 (Napa County) received the highest average price at $6,943.33 per ton, up 3.7% from 2022. District 3 (Sonoma and Marin counties) received the second highest average price at $2,915.82 per ton, up 2.9% from 2022.

The 2023 Chardonnay average price of $1,070.81 was up 4.0% from 2022 and the Cabernet Sauvignon average price of $2,141.17 was up 9.5% from 2022. The 2023 average price for French Colombard was $318.06, down 3.2% from 2022, while the Zinfandel average price was up 15.1% from 2022, at $757.23 per ton.

Read more details from the USDA National Agricultural Statistics Service HERE, and read an in-depth report on the 2023 Crush in the March issue of American Vineyard Magazine.

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