Top Wine Regions USA – and How Many Are There?

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In 2020, there were a total of almost 11,000 wineries in the United States producing wine. Since 2009, the number of wineries in the country has grown by over 50 percent so a thriving industry. We will look at the as top wine regions USA and some of the key stats of wine production in the Country.

Wine country 

California is without question America’s leading state when it comes to wine production. In 2020, the state of California contained a total of over four and a half thousand wineries. In other words, approximately half of all wineries within the United States are in California. In 2018, the state produced an estimated 570 million gallons of bottled wine. The state of New York ranked second that year, producing just over 30 million gallons.

U.S. vine bearing area 

The total area used for grape vines in the United States amounted to about 408 thousand hectares in 2019, a decrease compared to previous years. The United States’ share of the global vine bearing area stood at just 5.5 percent in 2019.

Grape production in the US during 2019 was dominated by California with 6,480,000 tons of grapes being produced, Washington for example was 391,000 tons.

Total number of wineries in the United States from 2009 to 2020

Year No of Wineries
2009 6,357
2010 6,941
2011 7,306
2012 7,396
2013 7,498
2014 7,762
2015 8,287
2016 8,702
2017 9,091
2018 9,654
2019 10,043
2020 10,742

The wineries revenue in totality in the US which is estimated and forecasted from 2010 until 2022 are shown below in millions by US dollars.

Year $M
2010 14.97
2011 15.54
2012 15.47
2013 15.83
2014 17.45
2015 19.83
2016 21.73
2017* 23.36
2018* 24.71
2019* 25.82
2020* 26.72
2021* 27.46
2022* 28.06

Top number of wineries by state 

As you would have gathered by reading the above or just knowing a little about US wines, California top the list with 4,501 wineries way ahead of Oregon and Washington.

Rank State Wineries
1 California 4,501
2 Oregon 793
3 Washington 792
4 New York 403
5 Texas 352
6 Virginia 291
7 Pennsylvania 285
8 Ohio 254
9 Michigan 191
10 North Carolina 171

Wine Regions 

Let’s look at the top wine regions in a bit more detail and recommended wine, just click on the bottle to order to enjoy in the comfort of your own home.


California

California which hosts Napa Valley and Sonoma which are the cornerstone of the state wine making industry. Napa Valley produces some fantastic Chardonnay, Cabernet Sauvignon and Merlot whilst Sonoma is well known for its Pinot Noir, Cabernet Sauvignon and Chardonnay. Although these two areas lead the way there are some area making a name for themselves on the central coast specifically Paso Robles which has a lot of Oenophiles. The idyllic destination halfway between San Francisco and Los Angeles is full of verdant vineyards and wonderful wineries.

 

An alternative wine that is low in calories from California is this Wildwood Shiraz which is only 87 calories per 125 ml glass and 0.25g of sugar and o.25g in carbs.  It is a deep ruby red wine has alluring aromas of ripe blackberries and a touch of spice. On the palate sumptuous blackcurrant with hints of mint tickle the taste buds. This full bodied wine with soft ripe tannins with a rich long finish will not disappoint.

 

 

 

Oregon

The climate in this state is much cooler than California’s which is great news for growing Pinot Noir, Chardonnay, Riesling, and Gamay. Willamette Valley the premium wine region has a worldwide reputation for its outstanding Pinot Noir which incidentally is at the same latitude as the Burgundy region in France which is also know for its outstanding Pinot Noir.

 

 

Washington State 

The state has no less than 14 different American viticultural areas which are headed up in popularity by Walla Walla and Columbian Valley. A vast amount of the states wine production is exported to no less than 40 Countries worldwide. The popular grapes grown in Washington are Chardonnay, Merlot, Riesling, and Syrah.

 

 

New York State 

The North Fork and Finger lakes regions are the most widely know regions for producing wine within the New York state. The Finger Lakes region is the so-called home of East Coast wine making and hosts more than 100 wineries within the region. North Fork is located on long Island close to the famous Hamptons therefore they get a high level of visitors within the summer season.

Texas

The wine region in Texas is huge and spans over 9 million acres which sets its place as the second largest wine growing region in the US. The climate is dry and sunny which benefits the grapes Syrah, Tempranillo, Albarino, Zinfandel and Cabernet Sauvignon.

Virginia 

The historic town of Charlottesville is surrounded by the most famous wine region in Virginia. The state enjoys no less than 200 days of wine growing and hosts to some premier wineries such as Linden Vineyards and Barboursville.

Pennsylvania

The state is home to 285 wineries and 5 different American Viticultural areas. One not to be missed winery in the state is Waltz vineyards. The premier region for wine growing within the state benefits from being situated between Lake Erie and the Atlantic Ocean.

Ohio

Wine making began in the state way back in the 1820’s and was the most popular wine state in the Country until the mid-1860’s particularly so due to one of the grapes that they planted the Catawba grape. The region’s popularity for wine started to dwindle during the Prohibition Era and has never reached the dizzy heights it once knew. One vineyard worth looking out for is Markko Vineyards.

Michigan 

Napa of the Midwest is the winegrowing region which nestles next to the shore region of Lake Michigan, the lake itself helps moderate the climate across the region thus producing some fantastic complex wines. Cheese and wine have gone together for decades and this tradition is widely celebrated here with locally produced cheese and wine being paired in harmony. Due to the states slightly colder climate grapes that do well here are Austrian Blaufrankisch.

Missouri

The most famous wine growing region in the state is “Missouri Rhineland” where German immigrant settled in the mid 1800’s. By the 1880’s Missouri was the leading wine growing region of the Country. There are 4 different American Viticultural areas in the region and 171 wineries and have a state grape called the Norton grape.

I hope that you have found this article interesting and if you have any comments on the wine regions within the US and indeed some of the wonderful wineries and the fantastic wines please leave a comment below.

Cheers

Jim

founder tipple4u

Data from: wines and vines, statista.

 

 


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  1. Having toured Napa and Sonoma Valleys, I agree these are wonderful winegrowing areas. There are so many wineries you can visit, which make it an enjoyable tour.

    You make some of the areas worth visiting, particularly New York state.

    Very interesting article.

    1. Totally agree Phil and thank you for your comments and hope you enjoy some of the wines listed and if you have any other recommendations happy to get your feedback.
      Cheers!

  2. Last time I was in USA, I had a great Cabernet Sauvignon called “Black Stallion”. It was from Napa and it had a complex flavour that was so rewarding throughout the drinking

    1. Sounds like a good wine Phil, I will look out for it and give it a try as its often the best way to try wines based on recommendations.

      Cheers!

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