Cabernet Sauvignon was the second-most crushed grape in California

Cabernet Sauvignon was the second-most crushed grape in California

California’s total grape crush rose 7% last year to a record high, while Chardonnay remained the most crushed variety, according to official figures. 

The state’s total crush hit 4.7m tons in 2013 compared to 2012’s total of 4.4m, figures released by the US Department of Agriculture yesterday (10 February) showed. Chardonnay grapes led the way, accounting for 16.1% of the total crush, while Cabernet Sauvignon grapes were 11.1%, the figures showed. 

The average crop price of red wine grapes fell 5%, while white wine grape prices were flat.  

Grapes produced in Napa County received the highest average price of $3,691 per ton, up by 4% from 2012, the USDA said. Sonoma and Marin counties received the second highest return of $2,249, up 3% on 2012. 

However, California is currrently experiencing its worst drought on record, which has been affecting the state's wine producers. Earlier this week, Constellation Brands warned that it is likely to suffer as a result of the drought in the coming year.