The 2017 harvest is here. In 2016 picks started
about the third week of August. There's no reason to expect that this year will be different. We
can expect to be picking white wine grapes and some reds by late August,
How The Price Of Winegrapes By The Pound Is
When buying winegrapes it's good to remember "You Get What You Pay
Top quality Napa Cab winegrapes can cost as much as $8,000 a ton
($4.00/lb.) And, no, you can't buy them at any price because they are not available to
The first choice of almost every winegrape grower is to sell their
whole crop to a winery at a price per ton that will make them some money. If they can't do that, then
they will sell grapes to home winemakers by the pound.
Some growers use a low price to sell their grapes (like
$0.50/lb.) This usually means they have not been able to attract a winery that will pay
them the price they want when selling grapes by the ton.
Why won't the wineries buy their grapes? Who knows, maybe it's
because of low quality. There are lots and lots of things that influence the quality of
Growing winegrapes is farming. There are many things that
effect all farm products grown from year to year.
I deal with about 20 to 25 vineyards each year in Eastern Contra
Costa County. I know the area. I know where good vineyards are, and where the not-so-good
Most of the vineyards I sell are harvested and the grapes sold to
wineries. I get in and sell grapes to you (home winemakers) before the commercial guys harvest and
take the whole crop.
Vineyard owners don't want to sell you 100 or 200 lbs of
grapes. They deal with me because I bring hundreds of folks like you to their vineyards each year, and
you collectively buy thousands of pounds of grapes.
Part of my job is to negotiate the price per pound they will
accept from my wineo's (home winemakers). Because I sell thousands of pounds of grapes for them, I can
negotiate low per-pound prices for top quality winegrapes.
I don't compete with growers that can only sell their grapes by
offering them at a low price. I only sell top quality winegrapes that I personally know makes excellent
I keep the "first pick" price per pound at or below $1.00/lb. for top
quality grapes. For some very rare varietals I may offer them for as much as
As the season progresses, some vineyard owners will drop their price
if they have not sold all of their grapes. Prices can go down to as low as $0.50/lb., sometimes
If you are waiting for the lower price, always remember, when a
vineyard is picked out... it done for the year. No more grapes. The season is over for that
Trust the CalWineBroker to deliver the best grapes for the best
Prices for each varietal will be posted when a "pick" is announced
along with the varietals being picked. Prices will be usually be between $0.60/lb and
See you at a "pick".
Brentwood, CA (click HERE for map)
Mourvedre (At least three
Petite Sirah (Three
Syrah (Chicken Coop
Syrah) (Gold Medal)
In Oakley, CA
(click HERE for map)
(Mourvedre) (Double Gold) (Old Vine)
Zinfandel (Old Vine, around 1890-1900's
Zinfandel (Oakley, 14 year old
vines) (Double Gold in 2011)
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