Sacramento River Delta wine grape costs examined

A new cost-of-production study for wine grapes grown in the Sacramento River Delta region is now available from University of California Cooperative Extension.

The study is based upon a hypothetical farm using viticultural practices common in the region. Input and reviews were provided by UC farm advisors, researchers and local growers. It shows current per acre costs to establish and produce wine grapes with an emphasis on Chardonnay and Merlot varieties.

Included in the study are descriptions of the assumptions used to identify current costs for individual field operations, material inputs, cash and non-cash overhead. A “ranging analysis” table shows profits over a range of prices and yields. Other tables show monthly cash costs, hourly equipment costs and the whole farm annual equipment, investment and business overhead costs.

Sample Costs to Establish a Vineyard and Produce Wine Grapes, Sacramento Valley is available from the Department of Agricultural and Resource Economics, University of California, One Shields Avenue, Davis, CA 95616 and from local UC Cooperative Extension offices. The study also can be downloaded from the department Web site at

Authors of the study include Wilbur O. Reil, UCCE farm advisor, Yolo and Solano counties; Chuck A. Ingels, UCCE farm advisor, Sacramento County; Karen M. Klonsky, UCCE specialist, and Richard L. DeMoura, research associate, UC Davis Department of Agricultural and Resource Economics.

Similar reports are available for many commodities from 1931 to the present. A $3 handling fee is charged for each report mailed from the department.

For additional information, call (530) 752-3589 or (530) 752-1517.

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