California Wine Grapes Savor Great 2013 Finish
on 17/02/14 at 9:51 amWine
The crop came in at 4.23 million tons, the California Department of Food and Agriculture reported this week. It was up 5% from the 4.02 million tons in 2012, which also was a record.
The back-to-back bumper crops mean plenty of affordable bottles on the shelves, though probably not the extreme bargains that emerged in a grape glut about a decade ago.
“Consumers are in a great position because of the amount of wine that is coming out of California,” said Erica Moyer of Riverbank, a grape and wine broker for Turrentine Brokerage in Novato, Marin County.
She said demand has been especially strong for wines priced from $10 to $15, a key market for wineries in the northern San Joaquin Valley, including the world’s largest producer, E.&J. Gallo Winery in Modesto and the Livingston area.
The Wine Group, whose holdings include a large winery near Ripon, is a major player, as are Bronco Wine Co., south of Ceres, and DFV Family Wines, formerly Delicato, near Manteca.