Wisconsin Grape and Wine Industry Survey Released
The 2011 Grape and Wine Industry Survey was released recently by the United States Department of Agriculture Statistics Service. The Wisconsin Grape Growers and the Wisconsin Winery Associations also helped with the survey which was mailed during June of 2012. (Midwest Wine Press does not know why the survey is called the “2011 Survey.” The information was compiled in 2012 and released in 2013.)
Among the highlights:
- Three of the four most commonly planted commercial grapes in Wisconsin are now University of Minnesota varietals; Marquette, Frontenac and Frontenac Gris. (Marechal Foch is the other.)
- Marquette now has the most acres under cultivation of any cultivar. Although there are 67.8 total planted acres of Marquette in Wisconsin, only 38.8 acres are bearing fruit. This disparity is the result of the relative youth of the state’s Marquette vines, which average 3.4 years of age.
- Concord is falling by the wayside as a wine grape in Wisconsin. Concord acreage is down to 15 bearing acres and the average age of Concord vines is 22.5 years.
- Nine and one half vineyards per year were added in Wisconsin between 2005 and 2011. There are now over 100 commercial vineyards in Wisconsin.
- The majority of Wisconsin vineyards are under two acres. The largest vineyard is 24 acres.
- Disease and insect management are most problematic for Wisconsin growers. Unlike other Midwestern states, herbicide drift is not a major problem in Wisconsin.
- Most of the states vineyards are concentrated in the southwest part of the state.
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For more information see: Wisconsin Grape and Wine Industry Survey