California crushed about 3 percent fewer tons of grapes in 2011 than it did the previous year, according to the preliminary crush report released today by the National Agricultural Statistics Service.
The report shows a total crush of 3.87 million tons of all grape varieties, down 3 percent from 2010.
Broken down, all wine varieties crushed totaled about 3.34 million tons, down 7 percent from 2010.
The reason for the differences is the total crush includes grapes that go into juice concentrate, whereas the wine variety figures only include grape varieties grown specifically for wine.
In addition, the tons of raisin-type varieties, which include Thompson seedless, totaled 372,551, up 26 percent from 2010. Table-type varieties totaled 143,653, up 25 percent from the previous year.
The average price paid growers for all varieties set a record of $588.96 per ton, up 8 percent from 2010 and 3 percent more than the previous record high set in 2009.
The final crush report is due out March 9.
View the complete preliminary crush report at www.nass.usda.gov.