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California grape acreage changes little

California’s grape acreage totaled 860,000 acres according to the 2006 California Grape Acreage Report released this week.

California’s 2006 wine-type grape acreage is estimated at 527,000 acres, up 1 percent from 2005. Of the total acres, 480,000 were bearing and 47,000 were non-bearing. Table-type grape acreage totaled 93,000 acres with 83,000 bearing and 10,000 non-bearing. Table grape acreage was unchanged from the previous year. Acreage of raisin-type grapes totaled 240,000 acres, of which 234,000 were bearing and 6,000 were non-bearing. The comparable figures for 2005 were 246,000 total acres, 240,000 bearing, and 6,000 non-bearing.

The leading wine-type varieties continued to be Chardonnay and Cabernet Sauvignon. Flame Seedless was the leading table-type grape variety. Thompson Seedless continued to be the leading raisin-type variety and is utilized for raisins, fresh market, concentrate, and wine.

The entire Grape Acreage Report, including acreage by variety and county, is available at www.nass.usda.gov/ca.

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