Below are statistical highlights for the California wine industry. To find historical and world figures on sales, acreage, consumption, production and more, go to: wineinstitute.org/resources/statistics
/ California Wine Industry Benefits
The State & Nation
Annual Economic Impacts*
|$57.6 billion in state economic impact|
|$114 billion in national economic impact|
|325,000 jobs in California|
|786,000 jobs nationwide|
|$17.2 billion in state wages|
|$34.9 billion U.S. wages|
|$249 million given in charitable contributions nationwide from the California wine industry|
|$15.2 billion paid in state and federal taxes|
|23.6 million tourist visits to California wine regions|
|$7.2 billion spent by tourists in state|
Sources: U.S. Tax and Trade Bureau; BW166; The Gomberg, Fredrikson Report; Global Trade information Services; and California Dept. of Food & Agriculture. Statistics are for 2016, however the number for bonded wineries includes alternating proprietorships and is as of March 2017.
/ California Wine Profile 2016
America’s top wine producer
California makes 85% of all U.S. wine and is the world’s 4th leading wine producer after France, Italy and Spain.
4,700 bonded wineries
Up 107% from 2,275 wineries in 2005, nearly all family owned businesses.
238 million cases
California wine sales volume into the U.S. market, with shipments growing 28% since 2005’s 185.5 million cases.
$34.1 billion retail value
Estimated retail value of California wine sales in the U.S.
60% share of U.S. market by volume
Three of every five bottles sold in the U.S. is a California wine.
$1.6 billion in export revenue
U. S. wine exports, 90% from California, reached an all-time record.
California exports 46 million cases to 138 countries.
5,900 winegrape growers
Our partners in sustainable winegrowing.
602,000 acres/244,000 hectares of winegrapes
Winegrapes are grown in 49 of 58 counties in California; 138 federally approved American Viticultural Areas.
4 million tons/3.6 million tonnes harvested of winegrapes
More than 110 winegrape varieties.
$3.1 billion in farmgate value to growers
Farmgate value of California winegrapes; one of California’s top three agricultural commodities by value.