San Diego County wine field sees 19% income progress in 2021

SAN DIEGO (CNS) – San Diego County vineyard income noticed a 19% maximize last year around 2020, but product sales have not still rebounded to a pre-pandemic large, in accordance to a report unveiled Wednesday by the San Diego County Vintners Association.

According to the report, county wineries realized about $44.1 million in gross sales in 2021, a very little brief of the local winery industry’s all-time- substantial of sales in 2019 — $46.2 million. The number of energetic wineries in San Diego County also rose to 160 in 2021.

“Like other industries, the county’s wine field has been challenged the past couple decades. But this report demonstrates the resiliency of wineries and the curiosity in winemaking in our region with a 6% improve in winery openings in 2021,” mentioned Ray Schnorr, Vintners Association president and co-proprietor of Highland Valley Vineyards in Escondido.

“San Diego wineries and vineyards are harvesting greater high-quality grapes, building award-successful wines, and increasing the strategies in which folks can delight in wine with a lot more out of doors patios and tasting encounters than ever ahead of,” Schnorr added.

In accordance to the report, 1,370 acres of vines have been harvested in the location previous year, generating 3,073 tons of wine grapes with a creation value of $5.2 million. These figures are down from pre-pandemic 2019 when county vineyards harvested 3,596 tons of wine grapes, truly worth $5.58 million, with a profits price tag of $1,552 per ton, a report volume in the location. The report located 81% of growers reported outstanding to fantastic harvest quality, the strongest due to the fact 2016.

The leading three varietals developed in the county last year keep their rankings from prior years — Cabernet Sauvignon, Syrah and Sangiovese, respectively, with Grenache and Merlot tied for fourth, and Chardonnay and Petite Syrah tied for fifth. Final 12 months marked the 1st time that a white wine has appeared in the prime 5 for regional varietals.

“Our wine marketplace carries on to make good strides, especially in North County,” County Supervisor Jim Desmond stated. “I was a major supporter of keeping wineries open up for the duration of the pandemic to continue to keep these small companies afloat. Nearby wineries are flourishing even with the very last couple a long time of uncertainty, making employment, attracting tourism, and delivering an essential cultural business in the county. It’s extraordinary.”

The 2022 San Diego County Financial Effect of Wineries report can be discovered by clicking in this article.