California is the largest wine producing state in the US and this sort of relegated other states in the industry to the background. Washington is the next biggest wine producer after California, with 48,000 acres of vineyard and over 150 wineries. Oregon has a relatively small input in comparison to Washington as it only has 9,000 acres of vineyards but with over 120 wineries. It’s a noble achievement for two states that had no prior history of wine production till the 1860s.
California wine makes up about 90 percent of American wine industry and production. The volume of wine production in California is much bigger than wine production in Australia, which is quite a feat, as Australia has been growing at a rapid rate in the industry. Wine growing grapes were planted by the Spanish Missionaries in the 18th century to produce wine for Eucharist Mass, and it births the emergence of vineyards in the state. At the moment, there are over 1,200 wineries in California and they have a wide distribution across the world.
Most of the wine regions in the state can be found between the Pacific coasts and the central Valley, and the climate is typically classified as Mediterranean, although some regions have dry climatic conditions. The soil in the state is extremely diverse which is one of the reasons California has many distinctive American Viticultural Areas. Each AVA possesses an even greater range of microclimates that allow vintners to produce a great range of wine types.
We hope to see continued growth throughout California in the future, as we love to see more diversity of choice in the industry. There are already many great wineries in the state and these folks are wonderful mentors for the future generations of vintners that are stepping forward every year. We hope this current generation of amazing vintners will follow in the steps of those who instructed them and lead the way for the future generations in order to keep the industry growing and innovating.
If you’ve tried any really amazing premium wines from one of the outstanding wineries in California, be sure to leave us a comment to tell us about it. We’d love to hear from you and hope that you get a chance to visit some of the lovely vineyards we’ve featured on the blog over the past few months. In the meantime, from all of us at West Palm Beach Brewery and Wine Vault, happy tasting!
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