With clamour for the Californian-based wines of Napa Valley and Sonoma at its highest level for many years, investors would be wise to start looking at these wineries as genuine options for long-term investment opportunities. Don’t know much about the region and its wines? Allow us to enlighten you.
- Leading the Way
Although wine production now takes place in all 50 states, California is the uncontested leader making about 90 percent of all American wine. California is also the fourth largest wine producer in the world, behind France, Italy and Spain.
- Diversity is Key
The size of the state and the diversity of its soils and climates mean that a vast array of fresh, seasonal crops thrive there, making California the nation’s top agricultural state. Wine grapes are one of more than 400 agricultural products produced in California, and more than 117 varieties of wine grapes are grown here.
- Chardonnay Leads the Way
By volume, Chardonnay remains the leading varietal wine from California, followed by Cabernet Sauvignon, and Merlot. Other wines increasing in popularity include Pinot Noir, Zinfandel, Sauvignon Blanc, Muscat, Pinot Grigio and Riesling.
- Entrance to the World Stage
Although California has been harvesting grapes since the 18th century, the Golden State expanded its global winemaking celebrity in 1976. That year California wines entered the infamous Judgment of Paris blind wine tasting competition, surprising the wine world by beating French wines in both red and white wine categories.
- Sustainable First
Sustainable winegrowing is a set of best practices that guide California’s growers and vintners in producing wine in an environmentally friendly and socially responsible manner that benefits families, employees, communities and wildlife, and the soils, air and water that make great wines possible. The California wine community has the most widely adopted green winemaking and wine growing program in the world and one of the few that measures and reports state-wide performance. The program has earned the state’s top environmental honour, the Governor’s Environmental and Economic Leadership Award (GEELA).