Wine boom!

The number of wineries in California has more than doubled since 2000. Check out this visual I made using government data that hits home the point:

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And California wine is a $61.5 billion industry. That’s billion with a B.

Yet, at the same time, California’s share of the U.S. wine market is slipping, down to 61% from 77% in 2000, according to

David Freed, chairman of a vineyard investment firm called Silverado Group, told industry insiders iand in September that he thinks on top of the tumbling market share, there won’t be much new planting in California as Sonoma County is built out, Santa Barbara has regulatory issues, the Central Coast is sputtering, etc.

What do you think of the situation? Has the California wine industry reached its limits or is there still room to grow?

California losing ground

As more wineries have popped up in other states, California is no longer home to more than half the wineries in the nation. In 1993, the Golden State claimed 52% of the wineries in the United States. In 2012, it clocked in at about 43%. Here’s an infographic I made that visually shows the change between 2000 and 2012:

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Surprising, huh?

I’ve only been wine tasting in California, Oregon and abroad (Spain and Italy). I’ve been told I need to head to Finger Lakes, NY. Where else outside my home state makes for good wine tasting? Tell me in the comments.