California crush report – News This Month – Brief Article
* The California grape crush in 2002 was 3.8 million tons, up 12% from the 2001 crush of 3.4 million tons, according to the state Department of Food and Agriculture.
The average price paid for all grapes in California-including wine grapes, table grapes and raisin grapes–was $460 per ton, down 17% from 2001. The statewide average for red wine grapes–was $613, down 10% from 2001; and $428 for white wine grapes, a drop of 13% from 2001.
Despite the statewide downturn, prices for the Napa Valley grape crop were up 7% to $384 million, an average price of $2,938 per ton. The price increase was led by Cabernet Sauvignon, which sold for an average of $4,016 per ton, up 8%.
Details of last year’s crush statewide can be found at nass.usda.gov/ca.
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