State Grape Acreage Down 6 Percent Since 2006

New York’s 2011 vineyard survey indicates the state’s grape acreage decreased since 2006.

The state acreage at the end of 2011 totaled 31,800 acres, a 6 percent decrease from the 2006 survey total of 33,700, and a 4 percent decrease from 2001.

In 2011, the Chautauqua-Erie region accounted for 18,700 acres, 59 percent of the state’s grape acreage, compared to 60 percent in 2006.

The Finger Lakes region accounted for 9,390 acres, 30 percent of the total, compared to 27 percent in 2006. Acreage continued to increase in Schuyler County and Yates County, resulting in an increase in total acreage for the Finger Lakes Region.

The number of vineyards totaled 894 in 2011 compared to 1,005 in 2006, a decrease of 11 percent. Concord, the dominant variety grown in the State, totaled 18.9 thousand acres. Concord acreage accounted for 59 percent of the total acres compared to 60 percent in 2006.

Other varieties listed in order of total acreage are: Niagara, Catawba, White Riesling, Chardonnay and Merlot.