Not only did the value of Napa County’s harvest increase by leaps and bounds to $648 million, tonnage jumped by 50 percent to a record of 181,183 tons.
Grape prices, on the whole, remained relatively constant, save for a 9 percent hike in the average paid for a ton of cabernet sauvignon grapes. So, the huge jump in the overall value of last fall’s crop can be attributed for the most part to record tonnage.
Released midday Friday by the California Department of Food and Agriculture, the preliminary 2012 grape crush report shows Napa’s 2012 crop weighed 383 tons more than the previous record of 180,800 tons crushed in 2005.
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