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May 27, 2019

In 2015, I presented at the Vineyard Economics Seminar.  At that point, we only had acreage data through 2014.  The presentation was made publicly available.  At that time, I predicted that, for the next several years, Napa County Cabernet Sauvignon acreage would incre...

April 29, 2019

The recently-released Acreage Report indicates a 20% increase in non-bearing acreage over last year.  That is possibly an enormous jump in supply.  But it isn't unexpected.  Assuming that acreage is reported in its second leaf, it was planted in 2017.  Anyone planting...

April 25, 2019

Download the USDA-NASS Grape Acreage Report right here.

May 24, 2018

Now and again, it's useful to try to take big picture views of our industry.  One thing I like to look at is the way market share shifts between regions.  Using the Grape Data Tool, it's easy to pull up all the data at once and build out some charts and tables.  U...

May 23, 2018

Since 1994, Cabernet Sauvignon's share of Napa vineyard land has increased by roughly 50%.  Other red Bordelais varieties have, as a category, seen a very similar shift, as you can see in the chart below.  I know it's hard to see - Wix's blog setup is sub-par - so you'...

April 25, 2018

The nice folks at USDA-NASS took a bit longer than usual, but they finally got the Acreage Report up on Friday.  For me, that heralds a busy season.  I'm burning the candle at both ends to update grape price forecasts and the Grape Data Tool.  So far, I've got the Grap...

June 23, 2015

I've been putting together some charts and graphs for some projects and I just wanted to share two of them with the rest of the industry.  I figured some people would find them interesting and, if you want to use them in some sort of report, please go ahead, just leave...

February 24, 2015

I made a tool on Excel that allows the user to rapidly retrieve acreage data by inputting the variety and region.  As readers of this blog know, I advocate greater use of basic data in this industry and I hope this helps.


I made this tool with three purposes in mind fo...

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