California sells record amount of wine in 2012

April 9, 2013

wine33Wine sales in California reached a record high last year, totaling about $22 billion. [LA Times]

California accounted for 58 percent of United States wine sales in 2012, shipping 250.2 million 9-liter cases nationally and internationally, according to the Wine Institute, a San Francisco trade group. The state also sold 90 percent of the American wine exported last year.

U.S. wine sales likewise reached a record total in 2012 of 360.1 million cases valued at $34.6 billion. American sales increased 2 percent from 2011.

“The U.S. is the largest wine market in the world, with 19 consecutive years of volume growth,” Wine Institute President Robert P. Koch said.

Last year, the travel website TripAdvisor named Paso Robles the sixth best wine region in the U.S. TripAdvisor’s top two American wine destinations were also located in California: Sonoma County and Napa Valley.


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