Harvest takes $142 million toll on North Coast growers
on 11/02/11 at 1:50 pmWine
Still, the combination of falling grape prices and a smaller harvest in 2010 cost Sonoma County growers $88.4 million last year, according to a preliminary government report released Thursday.
“That has a ripple effect through our economy,” said Nick Frey, president of the Sonoma County Winegrape Commission. “It will be felt by local suppliers, lenders and others servicing the grape industry.”
The value of the North Coast grape crop fell to $902.7 million last year, down from $1.05 billion in 2009. Sonoma County growers suffered the biggest hit, receiving $370.5 million for their fruit last year, down from $458.9 million in 2009.
Yet many had expected a more dire report.