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What are Napa’s top five most planted and most valuable grape varietals?

by TrevR on April 27, 2007

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%

Napa Valley Vines

  • 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

[techtags: Napa, Napa Valley, grape, grapevine, varietal, Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, Chardonnay, 94558]

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has written 716 posts on The Cork Board. He was born and aged in the Napa Valley and has a passion for wine, writing and social media, which led him to co-found this blog in early 2007. Follow him on Twitter @TrevR.

  • Mr Vino

    do you have another link to the PDF of the report? I’m getting a mostly empty page on the Napa County website and no report to be found.

    Thanks

  • Mr Vino

    do you have another link to the PDF of the report? I’m getting a mostly empty page on the Napa County website and no report to be found.

    Thanks

  • Mr Vino

    Nevermind… I found the actual report. They’re putting it in a frame, which makes the URL you have non-working.

    Here’s the PDF link:
    http://www.co.napa.ca.us/business/apps/cropreports/2006.pdf

  • Mr Vino

    Nevermind… I found the actual report. They’re putting it in a frame, which makes the URL you have non-working.

    Here’s the PDF link:
    http://www.co.napa.ca.us/business/apps/cropreports/2006.pdf

  • http://www.uncork29.com/ TrevR

    Thanks Mr. Vino, the URL we had was working yesterday. We’ll update the post accordingly.

  • http://www.uncork29.com TrevR

    Thanks Mr. Vino, the URL we had was working yesterday. We’ll update the post accordingly.

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