California Wine Exports Hit Record High

Over the last few decades, the world has developed a taste for California wine. So the Ideal Wine Company wasn’t surprised to learn recently that California wine exports hit a record high in 2015.

Golden State wine

While suggesting wine cities you might want to visit this year, we recommended that you stop by San Francisco, California. In general, the Golden State is a must for wine lovers. Californian wine regions such as Sonoma County and Napa Valley are known for making some of the most wonderful wines on earth – growing a wide variety of rich grapes including Cabernet Sauvignon, Pinot Noir and Syrah.

This reputation for excellence has allowed the Golden State to develop a roaring wine industry. You might be interested to learn that California accounts for 90% of US wine production. Furthermore, roughly two out of every three bottles of wine drunk in the US every year are made in California and 46 of the region’s 58 counties grow grapes, meaning that wine is serious business in the US’ largest state by population.

Enduring popularity

New figures from the California Wine Institute, the state’s wine making industry trade body, show that Golden State wine continues to prove popular around the world. This data suggests that US wine exports increased by 7.6% throughout 2015, to reach an all-time high of $1.61 billion; most of these exports (90%) came from California. Also, US wine exports by volume rose by 4.1% in the same period to reach 461 million litres or 51.2 million cases.

The Institute’s data named the top ten export markets for California wines. Accounting for $622 million worth of exports last year, the 28-member European Union was by far the largest. Canada came in second at $461 million and Hong Kong, another wine city we advised you to visit in 2016, came third at $97 million. The top five was rounded off by Japan and China, who accounted for $96 million and $56 million of California wine exports respectively in 2015.

Reflected in wine

Commenting on the release of these figures, Wine Institute President and CEO Bobby Koch said: “California wines appeal to consumers across the globe who recognise the unique quality and excellent value of our wines.  Consumers are also attracted to California’s trend-setting lifestyle, innovative cuisine, beautiful wine country destinations and emphasis on environmental responsibility—all of which are reflected in our wines.”

Meanwhile Lindsey Gallagher, Vice President of International Marketing at the Wine Institute, noted: “More than 170 California wineries participate in Wine Institute’s California Wine Export Program and export to 138 countries supported by 15 representative offices around the world which develop markets in 25 countries… California wine exports have increased 91% by value in the last decade and we’re seeing a “premiumisation” trend with dollar sales outpacing volume growth… despite heavily-subsidized foreign competitors, high tariffs and strong dollar.”

Experience California wine

In other words, California wine continued to prove a popular choice with wine lovers around the world last year. If you want to find out why so many people choose to enjoy vintages from the Golden State, why don’t you purchase the Screaming Eagle 1993 from the Ideal Wine Company? A classic Cabernet Sauvignon, this wonderful bottle is perfectly balanced, boasting hints of minerals and spicy oak; it’ll blow your mind with every mouthful!

Celebrate California Wine Month

Have you ever wondered why people love California wines? If so, you should join the Ideal Wine Company this week, as we take some time to celebrate California Wine Month!

History of wine in California  

The US state of California was first settled by Spanish colonisers hundreds of years ago. The Spanish settlers were Catholic, and they soon realised that they needed to produce wine for religious purposes. This inspired Spanish monks to plant the Golden State’s first grape vines over 240 years ago.

It didn’t take producers long to realise that California is an ideal wine making region. This caused the Golden State’s wine making industry to boom, turning the region into the largest wine producer in the United States by the end of the 20th Century.

Golden State wine making

Today, the Golden State boasts some of the world’s most famous wine makes regions including Napa Valley, Sonoma County and Paso Robles. Estates across California produce a wide breadth of grape varietals including, but not limited to, Cabernet Sauvignon, Chardonnay, Merlot, Pinot Noir, Syrah and Zinfandel.

California vintages are typical new world wines. As the Ideal Wine Company recently explained, “the climates of new world wine regions are often warmer, which tends to result in riper, more alcoholic, full-bodied and fruit-centred wines.” With a description like this, it shouldn’t surprise you to learn that California wines are some of the most popular vintages in the world.

California Wine Month

The California wine harvest arrives in September, and current Governor Jerry Brown has honoured the occasion by designated September “California Wine Month.” FINN Channel reported that California Wine Month 2015 will be the 11th annual Wine Month. Industry players across the state will celebrate the occasion with a series of festivals, wine tasting classes and other events.

Robert P. Koch, president and CEO of Wine Institute, spoke out on the imminent arrival of California Wine Month. He said that “we appreciate Governor Brown recognizing the contributions of vintners and growers to our state’s economy, culture and lifestyle.” Koch went on to comment, “whether you’re a novice or an expert, California’s diverse winegrowing regions offer plenty of activities in America’s leading wine destination.”

Celebrate with Ideal Wine Company

If you’re not planning to fly out to the Golden State any time soon, you may be wondering how you can celebrate California wine month. You can buy California Wines from the Ideal Wine Company; if you do you’ll soon discover why this sun-drenched region has become the largest wine producer in the United States!

Ideal Wine Company’s Spotlight: California

When we at the Ideal Wine Company think of the great US state of California, what do we usually think of? The first things that usually come to mind are the twinkling of the Hollywood lights, the cool breeze of the southern surf and glamour in every direction. However, California is one of the most populated states in America and is a giant in industry. With production on the rise in the state, wine making made the travel over from Europe a long time ago, along with the first Spanish coloniser’s centuries ago, and today California is garnering a strong reputation for the many quality wines that it produces and sells on the market. Continue reading “Ideal Wine Company’s Spotlight: California”