Californian winemakers are relieved – the 2010 wine harvest is halfway in the limit

Sunday, 27. February 2011 | 08:10 Uhr | RED.YOOPRESS | WINE COUNTRIES
Reference: DECANTER | Translator: E.MEISSNER
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Vineyards in California’s Napa Valley (Photo: Mila Zinkova)

USA (California) - With the 2010 vintage, California’s winegrowers harvested about 3 percent less than in 2009. Nevertheless, the overall yield was still the third largest in history, according to official estimates. Most observers of the wine scene were surprised that the 3.58 ton harvest was far greater than expected - it thus ranked third behind the record years of 2005 and 2009.

 “The slightly reduced harvest, especially for Chardonnay, is good for the wine industry, because it naturally prevents a feared oversupply of that variety,” says Brian Clement, vice-president of Turrentine Brockerage*. “On the other hand, a lack of reasonably priced Cabernet Sauvignon wines will in turn increase the prices of that variety.”

Steve Fredericks, president of Turrentine Brockerage was also relaxed about the situation: “Many producers still have inventory and they are able to balance increased prices for the 2010 vintage. Even the growing consumer demand for cheaper wines will insulate a proliferation in high price areas. Furthermore, wine trade does not report any concerns. So, there are good news for  producers and the wine industry - everything is alright."

*Turrentine Brokerage: The Institute Turrentine Brokerage specializes in the support of the California wine industry by supplying accurate information about trends, evaluations of the harvest to assessments of international markets. The company cooperates with most wineries in California, and also provides information to other wine nations and their institutions. Furthermore, Turrentine Brokerage, supports the California wine industry in marketing their wines, mediates in cooperations and advises on investment. (red.yooopress)

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