Apr 20, 2018USDA NASS reports California’s 2017 grape acreage
The USDA National Agricultural Statistics Service recently reported on California winegrapes acreage during 2017.
The winegrapes acreage was estimated at 599,000 acres. Of the total acres, 560,000 were bearing and 39,000 were non-bearing. Chardonnay continued to lead the white winegrapes at 93,452 acres, and Cabernet Sauvignon continued to lead the red winegrapes at 91,834 acres.
The total number of white winegrapes acres was at 176,879 acres, a slight decrease from 178,771 acres in 2016. The total number of acres of red winegrapes slightly decreased to 302,836 acres from 303,871 acres in 2016.
Table-type grape acreage totaled 121,000 acres with 111,000 bearing and 10,000 non-bearing. Acreage of raisin-type grapes totaled 160,000 acres, of which 158,000 were bearing and 2,000 were non-bearing. California’s 2017 grape acreage totaled 880,000 acres. Of the total grape acreage, 829,000 were bearing while 51,000 were non-bearing.
Flame Seedless was the leading table-type grape variety. Thompson Seedless continued to be the leading raisin-type variety and was utilized for raisins, fresh market, concentrate, and wine.
The California Department of Food and Agriculture partners with the Pacific Regional Office of the USDA’s National Agricultural Statistics Service (NASS) to conduct an annual acreage survey of California grape growers. The major source of the grape detailed data was a questionnaire mailed to all grape growers from our database. The mailing was sent in late October 2017 to approximately 8,300 grape growers.