Industry statistics released during the recent Wine America conference, held this year in Oregon's Willamette Valley, provided the latest official look at the U.S. wine industry.
Here are a few tidbits, based on 2014 numbers, the latest year for which full-year statistics are available:
• Grapes, valued at nearly $6 billion annually, are the highest value fruit crop in the United States, and represent 37% of the value of all non-citrus fruit.
• Grapes are the 6th largest fruit crop, with nearly 25,000 farms on over 1 million acres producing almost 7 million tons in 2014
• The U.S. accounts for 6% of the world's grape acreage, but 10% of grape production, reflecting its productivity and efficiency.
• There are more than 8,700 wineries in the U.S. producing over 830 million gallons, with California accounting for 85% of that. (Washington is second, New York third.)
• The U.S. produces 12% of the world's wine, and consumes 13% of all wine, making it the No. 1 wine-consuming nation.
• U.S. wine exports (90% from California) reached $1.49 billion in value in 2014.
• Nearly 30,000,000 people visit wineries annually, providing employment to over 50,000 people.
Wine America: The National Association of American Wineries counts 44 New York State wineries among its members.