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

by TrevR on April 27, 2007

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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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