The preliminary winegrapes crush report for 2011 is in. While the number of tons crushed is down slightly, growers received a higher price for their crops.
In all of California, 3,342,689 tons of winegrapes were crushed, down 7 percent from 2010. In District 11, which encompasses the Lodi Appellation, more than 574,000 tons of winegrapes were crushed, 5.5 percent less than in 2010.
District 11 remained the second-largest producer of winegrapes in the state, accounting for more than 17 percent of the total crop.
Weighted average grower returns increased nearly $100 a ton from 2010, bringing the average for 2011 to $564.
Last year's Zinfandel crop was down 25 percent from 2010, but grower returns jumped from $448 per ton in 2010 to $626 per ton in 2011. More Chardonnay was crushed than any other variety, with a total of 112,222 tons. The average price for a ton was $511 per ton, up from $445 in 2010.
The final 2011 Crush Report will be available on March 9.
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