Trendspotting: Number of wineries grows 5% y/y, now 9,872 in North America

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Wine & Vines magazine reports that there are now 9,872 wineries in North America, a 5% year-over-year rate of growth.

California still leads with 4,202 wineries followed by Washington (747) and Oregon (713).

British Columbia (309) has the highest number of wineries in Canada.

According to the report “Wines Vines Analytics/2017 Directory & Buyer’s Guide,” Texas had the largest growth, increasing by 59 wineries y/y, or 26%.

Wines & Vines includes both bonded wineries (“that have brick-and-mortar facilities”) as well as virtual wineries (“that use other’s premises to produce their brands”).

Top Winery Counts by State or Province - 2017 Wines and Vines Analytics

Regarding the Wines & Vines research methodology, here’s what they had to say:

“Wines Vines Analytics, the magazine’s market-research team, segments U.S. wineries by their size.  The number of large wineries (producing more than 500,000 cases annually) remained steady at 65.  This concentrated segment of large wineries produces more than 81% of domestic wine.  The medium category increased slightly to 261 wineries, producing about 10% of domestic wine.  Ninety-four percent of U.S. wineries are small or very limited production, producing fewer than 50,000 cases a year each.”

The report comes in advance of the wine industry’s annual Unified Wine & Grape Symposium, to be held later this month in Sacramento.

Stark Insider Food & Wine news, photos, videosWine Report: Top Winery Counts by State or Province

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United States

  1. California 4,202
  2. Washington 747
  3. Oregon 713
  4. New York 385
  5. Texas 287
  6. Virginia 269
  7. Pennsylvania 229
  8. Ohio 194
  9. Michigan 156
  10. North Carolina 142

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Canada

  1. British Columbia 309
  2. Ontario 236
  3. Quebec 95

Source: Wines Vines Analytics/2017 Directory & Buyer’s Guide

TL;DR: rejoice, there’s a lot of choice out there when it comes to wine.

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