Wine Institute

2014 California wine sales grow by volume and value in U.S.

California wine shipments in the U.S. were 225 million cases in 2014, up 4.4 percent from the previous year, with an estimated retail value of $24.6 billion, up 6.7 percent. California wine sales to all markets, both domestic and international, increased 3.7 percent by volume to 269 million cases in 2014. “California has had three excellent harvests […]

California wines fuel $1.49 billion in exports

U.S. wine exports, 90 percent from California, reached $1.49 billion in winery revenues in 2014, the second highest dollar value for U.S. wine exports and a 64 percent increase from five years ago. Challenged by a strong dollar and the West Coast port slowdown that began last July, U.S. wine exports were slightly down compared […]

California Sustainable Winegrowing Alliance receives award

Governor Jerry Brown presented the California Sustainable Winegrowing Alliance (CSWA) with the 2015 Governor’s Environmental and Economic Leadership Award (GEELA), the state’s highest environmental honor. CSWA was recognized for its California Sustainable Winegrowing Program during a ceremony at the California Environmental Protection Agency Headquarters on Jan. 21 in Sacramento. A GEELA recipient in 2004 and […]

California Wine Institute elects chairman and board

Wine Institute, the public policy advocacy association representing nearly 1,000 California wineries, announced the election of Carolyn Wente as its 2014-15 board chairman. Wente is the chief executive officer of Wente Family Estates in Livermore and the fifth Wente family member to serve as a Wine Institute chairman. The election was held at Wine Institute’s […]

Wine Institute publishes ‘Down to Earth’ book

Wine Institute has released a new book, “Down to Earth: A Seasonal Tour of Sustainable Winegrowing in California,” a consumer-friendly guide to environmentally and socially responsible practices that shows how sustainability influences California vintners and growers throughout the year as they grow and make wines. The book was written by Janet Fletcher and photographed by […]

2014 grape harvest looks good

California vintners and growers across the state are grateful for another excellent vintage, despite an ongoing drought and earthquake that rocked south Napa in late August just as crush was getting underway. A mild winter and spring caused early bud break, although the overall length of the growing season was similar to past years. A […]

California Vineyards and wineries to go for the green

California vineyards and wineries are encouraged to apply for the inaugural California Green Medal: Sustainable Winegrowing Leadership Awards. Applications are now being accepted at The California Green Medal was developed by California Sustainable Winegrowing Alliance, California Association of Winegrape Growers, Wine Institute, Lodi Winegrape Commission, Napa Valley Vintners and Vineyard Team as a way […]

California wines inspire menu choices

Looking for new recipes to transform traditional fare? These delicious and sustainably-minded dishes from Wine Institute’s new book, “Down to Earth: A Seasonal Tour of Sustainable Winegrowing in California,” will set the stage — and the table — for a dinner to remember. Any celebration can have a festive start with grilled oysters with creamy […]

September is California Wine Month

California’s annual grape harvest is a time when a foodie’s fancy naturally turns to thoughts of wine. To launch the harvest season in September, wine regions and wineries across the Golden State are celebrating the 10th annual California Wine Month —organized by California’s Wine Institute. From innovative wine immersion experiences to cool wine events, September […]

California wine sales grow

California wine shipments within the U.S. were 215 million cases in 2013, up 3 percent from the previous year, with an estimated retail value of $23.1 billion, up 5 percent. California wine sales to all markets, both domestic and international, increased 3 percent by volume to 258 million cases in 2013. “With two record winegrape […]

SF wine school offers formal credential

San Francisco Wine School is offering the first and only formal credential relating to California wines to shape a new generation of industry-leading California wine experts: the California Wine Appellation Specialist (CWAS) Program. Nick Frey, former president of Sonoma County Winegrowers, is very supportive. “By delving into the diversity of climates, soils and topography,” explained […]

Winter wine adventures are a perfect getaway

Heading to the slopes this winter? Although a glass of California wine by the fire is blissful after a day of skiing or snowboarding, why not also experience the places where that wine is made? Many winter resort enthusiasts in California add to their adventures by pairing a wine country day trip with their getaway. […]

Wine adventures for an incredible experience

So, you’ve found the perfect partner for this lovely time of year and want to create an unforgettable romantic experience. California’s wine regions have everything needed for a great time. Whether you’re a long-time couple or enjoying that first spark, there’s no better place to dial up the romance. From fun getaways and events to […]

Ideal growing season assures outstanding 2012 vintage

2012 California wine harvest report SAN FRANCISCO — The 2012 California wine grape harvest yielded generous amounts of high quality fruit, and winemakers across the state are describing this year’s vintage as “excellent,” “outstanding” and “ideal.” “The 2012 vintage will offer consumers in our growing national and international markets fantastic choices,” said Robert P. (Bobby) […]

Celebrate California wine month with a tour

The Wine Institute has launched a new California Wines Road Trip video at that is a virtual tour of California’s scenic wine regions and iconic landmarks. It’s designed to inspire viewers to take advantage of dozens of special events, activities and offers to help celebrate California Wine Month in September. Consumer tastings in Los […]

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