There’s no slowdown yet in wine grape plantings in California. Growers in the state added around 21,000 acres of wine grapes last year, according to the latest report of the National Agricultural Statistics Service.
Total wine grape acreage in 2013 was 570,000, with 45,000 acres estimated to be nonbearing. Chardonnay and Cabernet Sauvignon continue to be the leading varieties planted.
The state’s total grape acreage was estimated at 878,000, up a few percentage points from the previous year’s 847,000 acres. Nonbearing acres were estimated at 45,000.
Table-type grape plantings were up 7 percent from the previous year’s 98,000 acres to bring the 2013 total to 105,000 acres. Raisin-type grape acreage remained stable at 302,000 acres.