Turrentine in the News: Grape Crush Report
Winegrape Crush Report published February 10th, 2021.
The 2020 Preliminary Winegrape Crush Report, released by the National Agricultural Statistics Service,
detailed a California statewide wine grape crop of 3.404 million tons. This is the lightest California wine
crop since 2011, down 13% or about 88 million gallons from 2019. The crop was light due, in part, to
lower yields per acre as a result of a warm growing season and grapes left on the vine over concerns of
exposure to smoke. The crop decreases mostly affected by smoke were Sonoma County Pinot Noir,
Monterey County Pinot Noir, Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon and Sonoma County Cabernet Sauvignon.
The short crop helped to balance out some of the excesses in coastal bulk wine that had built up over
previous years from new bearing acres, slower sales growth, and larger than average yields per acre.
The spot market for grapes and bulk wine became more active during harvest last year and there is
continued market activity early in 2021.
Turrentine Press Release:
Wildfires clobbered California wine grape crop in 2020. Here’s how much was lost, written by Dale Kasler Published
Sonoma Index Tribune:
California North Coast wine grape crop value drops by nearly half from fires, weather, pandemic, written by Jeff Quackenbush Published February 1o, 2021.
The Press Democrat:
Value of North Coast’s 2020 grape harvest cut in half by wildfires, pandemic, written by Bill Swindell Published February 10, 2021.
Prices and Tonnage Drop like a Rock, written by Cyril Penn Published February 11, 2021.
Insights from this year’s Californian grape crush report reveal a far smaller harvest of both Pinot Noir and Cabernet Sauvignon, written by W. Blake Gray Published February 10, 2021.