Earlier this week Napa County’s Department of Agriculture released its 2006 agricultural crop report, which (as you can imply from the name) examines all agriculture-related trends within the county of Napa. You can view the full report here (warning, it’s a PDF file).
Overall, the report found the gross value of all agricultural production in Napa County saw a decrease of 12.9% in 2006 when compared to 2005. The decrease in gross value was largely attributed to a decrease in winegrape production (down 15.6% last year) and the total value of the winegrape crop was down 13.3% to $71,727,100.
So, what were the most planted and most lucrative grape varietals in 2006?
The five most planted grape varietals in Napa County are:
- Cabernet Sauvignon: 49.3%
- Merlot: 15.5%
- Chardonnay: 12.4%
- Pinot Noir: 5.2%
- Sauvignon Blanc: 4.2%
The five most valuable grape varietals for 2006 were:
- Petit Verdot: $5,092.09 per ton
- Cabernet Franc: $4,367.17 per ton
- Cabernet Sauvignon: $4,126.26 per ton
- Malbec: $3,932.61 per ton
- Mataro/Mourvedre: $3,463.24 per ton