Wine aficionados will have to dig deep to find the best grapevine in the country, and a recent survey suggests some of them are located in California’s wine capital of Napa.
The Wine Institute of America survey found that Napa has the most vineyards per capita in the nation, but it doesn’t include California’s most famous wine grapes, including Chardonnay, Pinot Noir, Cabernet Sauvignon and Cabernets.
California’s top wine grape, Cabarnet Sauver, has nearly a billion dollars in production, according to the Wine Institute.
The other top wine grapes include Chardonnes, Pinots, Merlot, Pinottas and Cabarnets.
The Institute of Wine and Beer is the research arm of the Wine Association.
For a complete list of the top 10 California wine grapes for 2018, see the Wine Industry Association’s 2018 Top 10.
“We can say that California is the wine capital, but we don’t include the Napa Valley, which has many of the best vineyards in the world,” said Scott DeHaan, director of the institute’s Institute of Grapevine Research.
The study, which included responses from about 5,000 people, focused on wine production, but the Institute of the Vine, which is affiliated with the Wine & Spirit Trade Association, is trying to get the public to participate.
DeHaans said it’s important for wine aficionado to understand that grapes are important.
“The best grapes are those that have a lot of history and history means a lot,” he said.
“You can tell the difference between a Caberneta and a Pinot from a bottle of wine.”
The Institute’s top 10 list of California grapes was based on the value of each grape’s winemaking history and production capabilities.
For example, the top ten California grapes were Cabernatons, Pinos, Merlots, Cabelles, Merloins, Chardonns and Cabertas.
California is not the only state that has high winemakers.
Colorado and New Mexico are home to a number of wineries and wineries produce many of their grapes at home.
In 2017, New Mexico had the third-highest number of vineyards with more than 100,000 acres, according the Wine Council of America.
Wine aficans who live in California or are tourists visiting Napa can get more information about California’s wineries.
“It’s really a winemakery market and we want to get them involved in the wine world,” DeHaas said.
The institute’s wine industry survey, which was conducted in August 2018, was published in the journal Wine, Food & Wine.
The list is based on wine producers in California and is not a comprehensive list.
“There are a lot more wineries in the state than the Institute does, but that doesn’t mean they’re not a big part of the wine industry,” Dehaans said.
A lot of people in the Wine and Spirit Trade Council and the Institute are interested in how California’s grapes are used.
“They’re all looking for new ways to use them and are finding new ways of producing them,” he added.
“And so that’s why we’re really interested in what people in Napa and the state are doing.”