San Rafael, Ca, USA, 01/26/2016 /SubmitPressRelease123/
San Rafael, Calif.—The number of North American wineries reached 9,436 in 2015, according to Wines & Vines, and nearly half of those were in California. The authoritative winery count, drawn from the company’s exhaustively maintained database, grew by 5% from 2014.
Wines & Vines magazine reports this sign of a steadily growing wine economy in its 2016 Directory & Buyers Guide released this week, along with 12 other extensive content sections.
It’s no surprise that California remained far in the lead for number of wineries, with a net increase of 141 bonded and virtual wineries in the past year to total 4,054. Washington state was No. 2 with 718 wineries, closely trailed by Oregon, which nearly closed the gap between the two neighboring states. Oregon’s net increase was 57, for a total of 689, while Washington added 14.
Each of the 50 states has wineries, and half of them now have at least 50 wineries within their borders. States growing at the fastest rates include Ohio, up 15% to 181 wineries, Minnesota, up 15% to 62 wineries, and Florida, up 22% to 55 wineries.
Wines Vines Analytics, the magazine’s market-research team, covers both bonded and virtual wineries through proprietary research methodology, aided by multiple communications with each winery every year and thorough review of numerous public records sources. Bonded or U.S. wineries grew to 7,062, while virtual wineries (those that produce their wine at host facilities) increased to 1,640.
The numbers were released in advance of the wine industry’s biggest annual gathering this week in Sacramento, the Unified Wine & Grape Symposium.
The average winery size remains very small, as 6,850 wineries produced less than 5,000 cases of wine annually, and just 64 wineries bottled more than 500,000 cases.
This largest group saw an increase of six new members last year: Domaine Chandon, Michael David Winery, NakedWines, San Antonio and Terravant (all from California), and Goose Ridge and Zirkle Wine Co. of Washington state. One winery, Meiomi founder Copper Cane Wines & Provisions, dropped off the largest wineries list when Constellation Wines bought Meiomi.
New Directory & Buyer’s Guide
The 2016 Directory & Buyer’s Guide is the most comprehensive information source for the North American wine industry. It contains two major sections: the Winery Directory, which has detailed information about every winery, and the Buyer’s Guide, which provides content about equipment, supplies and services for the wine industry—plus a wide array of other valuable information for wine producers, grapegrowers, wine industry trade members and suppliers to the wine industry.
The current edition features more than 850 North American winegrape growers, more than 1,000 wine distributors listed by metropolitan area with contact information and the wineries and brands they represent, and a completely updated direct shipping compliance section, among many other content offerings.
The 2016 Directory & Buyer’s Guide comes in a spiral-bound print format and is also accessible in searchable format online. Both are included for one price.
The extensive listings of contacts and offerings within the Directory & Buyer’s Guide include:
• Winery and brand cross-reference
• Custom crush and winery cross-reference
• Wine grape growers
• Grower and winery cross-reference
• Direct-shipping regulations
• Distributors linked to wineries and brands
• Trade/grower/winery associations
• Wine writers
• Wine competitions
• Wine industry PR firms
• U.S. grape crop authorities
• University programs in viticulture and enology
• Government offices and alcohol control boards
• Viticultural areas of North America
• Suppliers listed by those serving wineries, vineyards and general customers.
Wines & Vines’ 2016 Directory & Buyer’s Guide is available for $95 through the magazine’s website, www.winesandvines.com.
Wines & Vines is based at 65 Mitchell Blvd., Suite A, San Rafael, CA 94903.
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