2009 Top Grape Growers

Welcome to the 2009 edition of American/Western Fruit Grower’s Top Grape Growers report. We survey the nation’s largest grape growing operations annually for inclusion in this report, and the list is ranked according to 2008 acreage owned or leased by one company that is responsible for maintaining it.
In addition to the 2008 acreage, the list includes acreage changes from last year. Total, there was a net decrease of 4,666 acres for all the companies on the list. Farmland Management Services in Turlock, CA, # 20 on our list, had the largest increase, gaining 1,321 acres since last year.

Water Management

The current drought conditions in California mean water conservation is top of mind for growers across the region, and our Top Grape Growers are no exception.

One grower, Robert Abercrombie of Trinchero Family Estates in St. Helena, CA, # 6 on our list, shed some light on what his operation is doing to conserve water.

For the last five years, the company has been involved with Lodi Rules, a certified sustainable winegrape growing program that focuses on irrigation.

“At Trinchero Family Estates, soil moisture monitoring is obtained through neutron probe readings, which are taken once a week during the growing season, and we have neutron probes strategically placed at all of our vineyards,” Abercrombie says. “Neutron probes measure the amount of water in the soil to a depth of 5 feet. This information, along with the rainfall and ET (evapotranspiration) we track at each of our vineyards, helps us make good decisions on when to irrigate and how much to irrigate. Our goal is to give the vines just enough water to ripen the crop through reduced deficit irrigation and reduce the amount of excess vegetation, which is the result of over-irrigation.”

In addition, Trinchero Family Estates uses pressure bombs in some of its vineyards to measure the amount of water stress a plant is under. The operation also evaluates its irrigation equipment regularly to ensure efficiency. “We have had pumps rebuilt because of poor efficiency from pump tests,” Abercrombie says. “Emitter output is measured annually, and we also tear into a few emitters to see what’s going on in them. This has saved water and electricity, which is what we strive to achieve.”
 

 

Top Grape Growers

Rank
Company Name
Year Founded
Grape Acreage
Crops Grown
Total Acreage
2008 Rank (Acreage Change)
1
Bronco Wine Company, CA  1973 35,000* Winegrapes 35,000 1 (+300)
2
Gallo Vineyards, CA
 1933
15,000* Winegrapes
15,000  
2 (-8,000)
3
Beringer Vineyards, CA
1876
9,590* Winegrapes   9,590 3 (n/c)
4
Monterey Pacific, CA
1992
7,846 Winegrapes, Lemons  7,952 4 (+459)
5
Vino Farms, CA
1973
7,353* Winegrapes
7,353
5 (n/c)
6
Trinchero Family Estates, CA
1948
6,500 Winegrapes   6,500  6 (n/c)
7
Delicato Family Vineyards, CA
 1924
6,400 Winegrapes   6,400 8 (+500)
8
Giumarra Vineyards, CA
1930
6,400 Table Grapes 10,000 7 (n/c)
9
Kautz Farms, CA 1948 5,800 Winegrapes, Cherries
5,860
 9 (n/c)
10
Sun World International, CA 1976 5,406 Table Grapes, Stone Fruit
7,104
10 (+406)
11
Delano Farms, CA 1989 5,000* Table Grapes
5,000  
10 (n/c)
12
Scheid Vineyards, CA 1972 4,800 Winegrapes
4,800
13 (+150)
13
Creekside Land Company, CA 1996 4,500 Winegrapes
5,100
15 (+500)
14
Anthony Vineyards, CA
1972
4,400 Table Grapes
4,400
14 (+200)
15
J & L Farms, CA
1990
4,000 Table Grapes
4,000 
15
Sun Pacific Farming, CA
1969
4,000 Table Grapes 10,000
17
Ste. Michelle Wine Estates, WA
1986
3,951 Winegrapes 3,951 19 (+951)
18
Beckstoffer Vineyards, CA
1970
3,811 Winegrapes 3,811 16 (+301)
19
Lucich Farms, CA
1974
3,500* Table Grapes, Pistachios
6,000
17 (n/c)
20
Farmland Management Services, CA
1986
3,338
Winegrapes, Almonds, Walnuts, Pistachios, Apples, Pears, Prunes, Cherries
30,073 24 (+1,321)
21
Stokes Farms, CA
1954 
3,255
Winegrapes, Pears, Cherries
4,945
18 (n/c)
22
Valley Farm Management, CA
1973 
2,800 Winegrapes 4,945 20 (n/c)
23
Gerawan Farming, CA
1938 
2,787 Winegrapes, Juice Grapes, Table Grapes, Stone Fruit 9,002 10 (-2,220)
24
Premiere Entities, c/o Westchester Group, CA
1986 
2,376 Winegrapes, Almonds, Pistachios, Cherries, Apples 12,705 21 (-4)
25
Lent-Burden Farming, CA
1993
2,360 Winegrapes, Almonds, Walnuts 6,232 25 (+470)
*estimated acreage    n/c = no change

 

Topics: , , ,

Leave a Reply

2 comments on “2009 Top Grape Growers

  1. We have developed and patented a portable highly accurate, low cost sugar tester for each picker to ensure table grapes are picked at the right time. It works on SG with a special buffer solution. This system is more reliable than the taste method. We can be contacted on the above email for more information

Grapes Stories
EGVM
Grapes
August 19, 2016
European Grapevine Moth Eradicated From California
Agricultural officials confirm eradication of invasive pest, lift quarantine restrictions. Read More
a bunch of muscadine grapes
Grapes
August 10, 2016
The Top 10 Muscadine Grape Varieties For Consumer Appeal
UF/IFAS scientists scour the best selections for health, taste, and smell. Read More
(Photo credit: Wikimedia Commons)
Grapes
August 8, 2016
Vintner Donates $500,000 To Help Ensure Clean Grapevines
John Dyson, who owns wineries in both Italy and the U.S., helps to provide endowed chair position in the Department of Plant Pathology at UC-Davis. Read More
(Photo credit: Nancy Bosold, Horticulture Educator, Penn State Extension)
Apples & Pears
July 8, 2016
Spotted Lanternfly Quarantine Expands In Pennsylvania
More townships added as small populations of the pest are found in municipalities adjacent to previously quarantined areas. Read More
(Photo credit: WSU)
Grapes
July 6, 2016
Unmanned Aerial System Captures Washington Vineyard Irrigation Data
Residents need not worry about a small, unmanned helicopter flying over Washington vineyards this summer, as it’s fully approved by the Federal Aviation Administration. Read More
Alicante winegrapes, just prior to harvest, in Lodi, CA. (Photo credit: David Eddy)
Grapes
July 5, 2016
Washington Man Named Chairman Of The Winegrape Growers Of America
Todd Newhouse, owner of Upland Vineyards, also serves as the board chair for the Washington Association of Wine Grape Growers. Read More
Convex landforms in Virginia are advantageous for grape growers as shown at this summer vineyard meeting. (Photo credit: Tremain Hatch)
Grapes
June 27, 2016
Make Time To Visit Other Vineyards
Getting out in your neighbor’s vineyard can help improve your own. Read More
The Latest
Grapes
August 27, 2016
Managing Water In California Vineyards
National viticulture symposium provides insights into estimating vineyard irrigation requirements. Read More
Grapes
August 26, 2016
Model Vineyard Looks To Maximize Concord…
Watching Michigan ‘‘Concord’’ grape growers struggle with stagnant and sometimes declining prices, a team of researchers at Michigan State University Read More
Grapes
August 23, 2016
Deeper Irrigation Method Showing Promise…
A new subsurface irrigation system is showing promise for slashing water usage in vineyards. Many vineyards use drip lines that Read More
Grapes
August 19, 2016
European Grapevine Moth Eradicated From …
Agricultural officials confirm eradication of invasive pest, lift quarantine restrictions. Read More
Grapes
August 10, 2016
The Top 10 Muscadine Grape Varieties For…
UF/IFAS scientists scour the best selections for health, taste, and smell. Read More
Grapes
August 8, 2016
Vintner Donates $500,000 To Help Ensure …
John Dyson, who owns wineries in both Italy and the U.S., helps to provide endowed chair position in the Department of Plant Pathology at UC-Davis. Read More
Apples & Pears
July 8, 2016
Spotted Lanternfly Quarantine Expands In…
More townships added as small populations of the pest are found in municipalities adjacent to previously quarantined areas. Read More
Grapes
July 6, 2016
Unmanned Aerial System Captures Washingt…
Residents need not worry about a small, unmanned helicopter flying over Washington vineyards this summer, as it’s fully approved by the Federal Aviation Administration. Read More
Grapes
July 5, 2016
Washington Man Named Chairman Of The Win…
Todd Newhouse, owner of Upland Vineyards, also serves as the board chair for the Washington Association of Wine Grape Growers. Read More
Grapes
June 27, 2016
Make Time To Visit Other Vineyards
Getting out in your neighbor’s vineyard can help improve your own. Read More
Apples & Pears
June 21, 2016
New York Beverage Credits To Include Win…
Credit allows wineries and cideries to reinvest savings in business. Read More
Grapes
June 19, 2016
Golden State Winegrape Growers Honored
The California Association of Winegrape Growers announces 2016 Awards of Excellence recipients. Read More
Grapes
June 17, 2016
Don’t Let High Temperatures Damage Grape…
It’s not just people who need to beat the ever-increasing California temperatures these days. Grape growers are finding that ill-timed Read More
Cold Protection
June 15, 2016
Several Severe Winters Causing Crown Gal…
Although this past winter may be considered more mild, severe cold the two winters prior in the Midwest and Northeast Read More
Grapes
June 9, 2016
High-Tech Solutions Could Improve Grape …
Determining accurate estimates of grape crop yield is notoriously difficult, but new methods involving precision sensing technology could help growers Read More
Grapes
June 9, 2016
Washington Grape Growers Could See Early…
Grape growers in eastern Washington who thought last year’s harvest was early could be in for another surprise. An unseasonably Read More
Grapes
June 3, 2016
Winegrape Varieties That Can Beat The He…
Researchers are evaluating a wide range of alternative winegrape varieties for California’s San Joaquin Valley. Read More
Grapes
June 1, 2016
Labor Costs Have Growers Eyeing Options
Methods to reduce labor dependency important for the future of grape production. Read More
[gravityform id="62" title="false" description="false"]