UPDATED: California 2013 grape crush sets a new record

02/10/2014 03:04:00 PM
Vicky Boyd

San Joaquin Valley grapesVicky BoydCalifornia crushed a record 4.685 million tons of grapes in 2013, up 7 percent from the previous record of 4.387 million tons picked in 2012.

The figures are part of the preliminary grape crush report, released Feb. 10 by the National Agricultural Statistics Service.

The report includes tonnage of all grape varieties, including Thompson seedless, that were crushed during the 2013 season.

Lori Parnell, a global wine and grape broker for San Rafael, Calif.-based Ciatti, said the crush report wasn't surprising.

"Today’s report validates what most of us have been expecting—we had a record crop, and due to excellent harvest conditions, quality was text book perfect," she said in a Ciatti news release.

Red winegrape varieties accounted for the bulk of the crush with 2.4 million tons, up 5 percent from 2012.

The 2013 white winegrape crush totaled 1.824 million tons, 6 percent more than 2012.

Raisin-type grapes accounted for 327,790 tons, up 21 percent from 2012, whereas table-type varieties totaled 126,718 tons, up 28 percent.

The average price paid for all varieties was $706.29, down 4 percent from 2012.

View the complete crush report at NASS.

The final grape crush report will be released March 10 and will contain late reports or corrections.



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