The preliminary 2017 Grape Crush Report has been released by the USDA. The 2017 crush totaled 4,233,288 tons, up less than half of a percent from the 2016 crush of 4,217,154 tons. Red wine varieties accounted for the largest share of all grapes crushed, at 2,242,984 tons, down 1.6 percent from 2016. The 2017 white wine variety crush totaled 1,764,152 tons, up .7 percent from 2016. Tons crushed of raisin type varieties totaled 94,268, up 4.6 percent from 2016, and tons crushed of table type varieties totaled 131,884, up 38.2 percent from 2016.
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 2017 season, this total was 361,856 tons, 8.5 percent of the 2017 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 2017 average price of all varieties was $775.09, up 1.5 percent from 2016. Average prices for the 2017 crop by type were as follows: red wine grapes, $961.76, up 4.6 percent from 2016; white wine grapes, $586.73, down 2.0 percent from 2016; raisin grapes, $252.86, up 18.4 percent; and table grapes, $178.37, up 16.5 percent. Read more about it the March Crush Report issue of American Vineyard Magazine, and read the full report from the USDA Here.