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Oregon's wine industry highlights

. In 1998,102 wineries crushed 13,265 tons of grapes, 29 percent less than from the 1997 vintage and mirroring the smaller grape harvest.

. Cooperage capacity continued to grow, increasing 3 percent from the prior year.

. Sales during 1998 totaled 8 percent more than in 1997.

. Wine inventory on January 1, 1999 was up 28 percent from a year earlier, totaling over one million cases for the first time.

Inventory includes both bottled case goods and gallons of bulk storage converted to case equivalents. Grape wines from the 1997 vintage, plus fruit and berry wines made in 1997 were the most recent included. The inventory figures include bonded and tax-paid inventory, regardless of location within Oregon, owned by wineries.

Wineries reported unfilled grape crushing needs of 1,537 tons in 1998. Reported needs were: Pinot Noir, 996 tons; Merlot, 139 tons; White Riesling, 131 tons; Pinot Gris, 91 tons; Chardonnay, 39 tons; Cabernet Sauvignon, 31 tons; Gewurztraminer, 22 tons; Pinot Blanc, 22 tons; Muller Thurgau, 20 tons; Semillon, 2 tons; and all other varieties, 44 tons.

Funding for this report was provided by the Oregon Wine Advisory Board.


Oregon wineries: Number, crush, outshipments and cooperage, by county, 1997-981/


All
wineries

Wineries
crushing
grapes

Wine
grapes
crushed

Crushed
grapes shipped
out of Oregon


Total
cooperage

County

1997

1998

1997

1998

1997

1998

1997

1998

1997

1998

Number

Number

Number

Number

Tons

Tons

Tons

Tons

1,000
Gallons

1,000
Gallons

Douglas

7

7

7

7

869

877

120

209

215.3

256.3

Lane

7

7

7

7

2,910

1,703

54

--

599 .6

619 .0

Marion

6

6

6

6

1,548

1,358

14

--

304 .9

297 .4

Polk

14

12

14

12

2,823

1,809

--

413

480 .5

563 .3

Washington

9

9

9

9

2,147

1,225

30

--

532 .5

441 .4

Yamhill

34

33

31

32

6,084

4,044

258

--

1,425.3

1,439.5

Other Willamette Valley 2/

16

16

14

15

734

764

15

13

252 .1

299 .2

Rogue Valley 3/

12

10

10

9

1,360

1,301

--

83

403 .3

436 .9

All others 4/

6

5

5

5

194

184

--

1

64 .5

66 .5

Total

111

105

103

102

18,669

13,265

491

719

4,278.0

4,419.5

1/ Includes estimates for incomplete responses. 2/ Benton, Clackamas, Linn and Multnomah counties.
3/ Jackson and Josephine counties. 4/ Clatsop, Deschutes, Hood River, Tillamook and Umatilla counties.


Oregon wineries: Crush, by type of acquisition and county, 1998 and 1997 totals1/

County

Estate grown

Purchased

Custom crush

All crush, 1998

All crush, 1997

Tons

Tons

Tons

Tons

Tons

Douglas

276

372

229

877

869

Lane

357

1,235

111

1,703

2,910

Marion

376

982

--

1,358

1,548

Polk

577

638

594

1,809

2,823

Washington

844

381

--

1,225

2,147

Yamhill

1,968

2,043

33

4,044

6,084

Other Willamette Valley 2/

332

430

2

764

734

Rogue Valley 3/

483

810

8

1,301

1,360

All others 4/

77

107

--

184

194

Total, 1998

5,290

6,998

977

13,265

--

Total, 1997

6,789

10,994

886

--

18,669

1/ Includes estimates for incomplete responses. 2/ Benton, Clackamas, Linn and Multnomah counties.
3/ Jackson and Josephine counties. 4/ Clatsop, Deschutes, Hood River, Tillamook and Umatilla counties.


Oregon wineries: Crush, by variety and county, 1998 and 1997 totals1/

 

County


Cabernet
Sauv-
ignon

 

Char-
donnay

 

Gewurz- traminer

 

Merlot

 

Muller
Thurgau

 

Pinot
Gris

 

Pinot
Noir


Sauv-
ignon
Blanc

 

White
Riesling

 

All
others


All varieties

1998

1997

Tons

Tons

Tons

Tons

Tons

Tons

Tons

Tons

Tons

Tons

Tons

Tons

Douglas

117

298

22

42

17

20

155

2

54

150

877

869

Lane

31

329

18

21

6

465

650

8

129

46

1,703

2,910

Marion

16

232

17

62

9

180

516

3

209

114

1,358

1,548

Polk

88

316

27

57

11

196

951

12

40

111

1,809

2,823

Washington

--

266

21

--

91

169

377

12

216

73

1,225

2,147

Yamhill

98

795

53

225

155

473

1,897

26

172

150

4,044

6,084

Other
Willamette Valley 2/


36


128


23


42


4


63


336


--


79


53


764


734

Rogue Valley 3/

120

301

70

143

25

140

282

24

114

82

1,301

1,360

All others 4/

45

15

1

39

--

25

12

--

30

17

184

194

Total, 1998

551

2,680

252

631

318

1,731

5,176

87

1,043

796

13,265

---

Total, 1997

906

4,256

444

572

412

2,344

7,140

59

1,424

1,112

--

18,669




Oregon wineries: Equivalent wine production, 1997-98 5/

Cases

Cases

Cases

Cases

Cases

Cases

Cases

Cases

Cases

Cases

Cases

Cases


1998


34,727


168,908


15,882


39,769


20,042


109,097


326,218


5,483


65,735


50,168


836,029


--


1997


57,101


268,235


27,983


36,050


25,966


147,731


450,000


3,718


89,748


70,084


--


1,176,618

1/ Includes estimates for incomplete responses. 2/ Benton, Clackamas, Linn and Multnomah counties.
3/ Jackson and Josephine counties. 4/ Clatsop, Deschutes, Hood River, Tillamook and Umatilla counties. 5/ Equivalent wine production equals tons crushed times 150 gallons per ton divided by 2.38 gallons per case.


Oregon wineries: Crush, by origin and variety, 1997-981/

Oregon

Grown in
other states


All crush

Estate grown

Other Oregon grown

All Oregon grown

Variety

1997

1998

1997

1998

1997

1998

1997

1998

1997

1998

Tons

Tons

Tons

Tons

Tons

Tons

Tons

Tons

Tons

Tons

Cabernet Sauvignon

133

84

661

376

794

460

112

91

906

551

Chardonnay

1,672

1,085

2,567

1,585

4,239

2,670

17

10

4,256

2,680

Gewurztraminer

147

131

296

121

443

252

1

--

444

252

Merlot

50

25

250

354

300

379

272

252

572

631

Muller Thurgau

259

229

153

89

412

318

--

--

412

318

Pinot Blanc

72

59

97

70

169

129

--

--

169

129

Pinot Gris

908

651

1,436

1,080

2,344

1,731

--

--

2,344

1,731

Pinot Noir

2,623

2,241

4,299

2,755

6,922

4,996

218

180

7,140

5,176

Sauvignon Blanc

20

21

39

66

59

87

--

--

59

87

White Riesling

675

572

749

471

1,424

1,043

--

--

1,424

1,043

Zinfandel

8

6

170

112

178

118

--

1

178

119

All others

222

178

452

367

674

545

91

3

765

548

Total

6,789

5,282

11,169

7,446

17,958

12,728

711

537

18,669

13,265

1/ Includes estimates for incomplete responses.


Oregon wineries: Crush, by use, variety and wine type, 1997-981/


Still wines


Sparkling wines


All Uses

Variety and wine type

1997

1998

1997

1998

1997

1998

Tons

Tons

Tons

Tons

Tons

Tons

Cabernet Sauvignon, red

612

541

--

--

612

541

Cabernet Sauvignon, blush

294

10

--

--

294

10

Chardonnay

4,029

2,289

227

391

4,256

2,680

Gewurztraminer

444

252

--

--

444

252

Merlot

572

631

--

--

572

631

Muller Thurgau

412

318

--

--

412

318

Pinot Blanc

169

129

--

--

169

129

Pinot Gris

2,344

1,731

--

--

2,344

1,731

Pinot Noir, red

7,007

5,082

87

71

7,094

5,153

Pinot Noir, blush

46

23

--

--

46

23

Sauvignon Blanc

59

87

--

--

59

87

White Riesling

1,410

1,015

14

28

1,424

1,043

Zinfandel

178

119

--

--

178

119

All Others

741

528

24

20

765

548

Total

18,317

12,755

352

510

18,669

13,265

1/ Includes estimates for incomplete responses.


Oregon wineries: Inventory, by vintage, variety and wine type, January 1, 1998 & 19991/

January 1, 1998

January 1, 1999

 

Variety and wine type


1996
vintage

1995 and
earlier
vintages


All
vintages

Share
of
total


1997
vintage

1996 and
earlier
vintages


All
vintages

Share
of
total

Cases

Cases

Cases

Percent

Cases

Cases

Cases

Percent

Cabernet Sauvignon, red

13,934

31,061

44,995

4 .6

31,801

25,089

56,890

4 .6

Cabernet Sauvignon, blush

1,460

574

2,034

0 .2

360

250

610

0 .1

Chardonnay

135,002

63,920

198,922

20 .5

166,676

86,715

253,391

20 .3

Gewurztraminer

9,285

4,215

13,500

1 .4

18,670

3,652

22,322

1 .8

Merlot

16,350

10,218

26,568

2 .7

42,270

6,236

48,506

3 .9

Muller Thurgau

6,940

462

7,402

0 .8

12,881

1,268

14,149

1 .1

Pinot Blanc

3,876

2,990

6,866

0 .7

5,815

827

6,642

0 .5

Pinot Gris

46,694

24,592

71,286

7 .3

109,148

16,546

125,694

10 .1

Pinot Noir, red

250,109

176,615

426,724

43 .9

348,238

156,164

504,402

40 .4

Pinot Noir, blush

4,602

1,330

5,932

0 .6

2,870

3,487

6,357

0 .5

Sauvignon Blanc

3,474

7,929

11,403

1 .2

3,123

2,900

6,023

0 .5

White Riesling

42,512

18,955

61,467

6 .3

48,236

15,760

63,996

5 .1

Zinfandel

8,985

1,152

10,137

1 .1

678

945

1,623

0 .1

Other red varietals

1,750

3,815

5,565

0 .6

10,741

2,918

13,659

1 .1

Other red varietals, blush2/

--

--

--

--

2,691

--

2,691

0 .2

Other white varietal

6,717

5,101

11,818

1 .2

11,186

2,666

13,852

1 .1

Red blends

4,166

8,101

12,267

1 .3

8,642

3,690

12,332

1 .0

White blends

234

878

1,112

0 .1

7,225

1,822

9,047

0 .7

Blush blends

1,845

--

1,845

0 .2

7,959

112

8,071

0 .6

Fruit and berry wines2/

--

--

--

--

2,996

9,799

12,795

1 .0

All sparkling wines

21,027

30,874

51,901

5 .3

20,484

45,031

65,515

5 .3

Total

578,962

392,782

971,744

100 .0

862,690

385,877

1,248,567

100.0

 


Oregon wineries: Equivalent inventory, by vintage, January 1,1998 & 1999 3/

Gallons

Gallons

Gallons

Gallons

Gallons

Gallons

Total

1,377,930

934,821

2,312,751

--

2,053,202

918,387

2,971,589

--

1/ Includes estimates for incomplete responses.
2/ For 1998, not surveyed.
3/ Equivalent inventory equals cases times 2.38 gallons per case.


Oregon wineries: Sales, by variety and wine type, 1997-981/

1997

1998

Variety and wine type

Sales

Share of total

Sales

Share of total

Still wines:

Cases

Percent

Cases

Percent

Cabernet Sauvignon, red

21,421

2 .6

24,177

2 .7

Chardonnay

181,956

22 .0

174,520

19 .5

Gewurztraminer

14,674

1 .8

13,235

1 .5

Merlot2/

--

--

25,852

2 .9

Muller Thurgau

20,157

2 .4

18,182

2 .0

Pinot Blanc

4,966

0 .6

4,209

0 .5

Pinot Gris

81,634

9 .9

118,994

13 .3

Pinot Noir, red

292,213

35 .3

337,878

37 .8

Sauvignon Blanc

4,571

0 .6

4,768

0 .5

White Riesling

81,020

9 .8

88,027

9 .8

Other still wines

97,935

11 .8

70,391

7 .9

All sparkling wines

26,765

3 .2

14,153

1 .6

Total

827,312

100 .0

894,386

100 .0

1/ Includes estimates for incomplete responses.
2/ For 1997, not surveyed.


Oregon wineries: Sales, by wine type and destination, 1997-981/

Chardonnay

Pinot Gris

Pinot Noir, red

White Riesling

All grape wine

Destination

1997

1998

1997

1998

1997

1998

1997

1998

1997

1998

Cases

Cases

Cases

Cases

Cases

Cases

Cases

Cases

Cases

Cases

Oregon

101,730

98,488

32,540

43,154

104,635

110,461

65,736

62,545

426,312

433,661

Washington

16,147

9,964

7,828

9,531

24,085

25,625

5,644

5,362

64,181

61,570

Other States

60,347

60,626

39,704

59,713

149,868

184,334

9,524

19,114

316,258

369,994

Exports out of U.S.:

3,732

5,442

1,562

6,596

13,625

17,458

116

1,006

20,561

29,161

Canada

--

--

--

--

--

--

--

--

8,689

8,947

Japan

--

--

--

--

--

--

--

--

676

1,397

Europe

--

--

--

--

--

--

--

--

6,326

7,907

Latin America
& Caribbean


--


--


--


--


--


--


--


--


--


2,535

Other &
undesignated


--


--


--


--


--


--


--


--


4,870


8,375

Total

181,956

174,520

81,634

118,994

292,213

337,878

81,020

88,027

827,312

894,386

1/ Includes estimates for incomplete responses.


 

Non-grape wine summary

 

Eight wineries produced approximately 25,000 gallons of non-grape wines, not including hard apple cider which is taxed as a wine product. Blackberries, raspberries and loganberries were the leading fruits used for these wines. Other fruits used for wines by commercial wineries in 1998 were mainly currants, rhubarb, boysenberries and peaches. This summary includes estimates for incomplete responses.

Compiled by:
United States Department of Agriculture
Oregon Agricultural Statistics Service

Homer K. Rowley, State Statistician
Ronald F. Kriesel, Deputy State Statistician
Douglas C. Marousek, Agricultural Statistician


Cooperating with:

Oregon Wine Advisory Board
Oregon Wine Growers Association
Oregon Department of Agriculture


Copies of this publication are available by contacting the Oregon Agricultural Statistics Service, 1220 S.W. 3rd Ave., Room 1735, Portland, Oregon 97204-2899, (326-2131 in Portland or 1-800-338-2157). Also available on the internet at http://www.oda.stat.or.us/oass/oass.html