08.31.2009  
 

Finger Lakes Grape Prices Lower

Excess unsold wine stocks force prices down despite smaller harvest

 
by Hudson Cattell and Linda Jones McKee
 
Chambourcin
 
Grapes in the rain: Even though unusually wet weather reduced the Northeast's winegrape crop this year, many varieties remain in surplus, and their prices have dropped.
Penn Yan, N.Y. -- It's been a tough year to grow grapes in New York state. A May 18-19 frost in the Lake Erie region brought leaf damage and killed primary buds. Poor fruit set, delayed ripening and disease problems occurred because of the cool temperatures and rainy conditions across the entire state. As a consequence, grape production is expected to drop from 172,000 tons in 2008 to 140,000 tons this year.

Even though a decrease in production is predicted statewide, most grape prices in New York's Finger Lakes in 2009 also are down from those paid in 2008. Hans Walter-Peterson, viticulture extension specialist with the Finger Lakes Grape Program, attributed the price weakness to a surplus of grapes.

A major factor affecting prices is the higher-than-normal inventory of wine from previous years that many state wineries now have. The economy has definitely had an impact on both tourism and wine sales in the Finger Lakes region.

The extent to which prices were lowered by different buyers was quite variable, Walter-Peterson said, with prices for Riesling, for example, ranging from no change to one-third less than in 2008.

The biggest price change from 2008 to 2009 was for Gewürztraminer, where the average price per ton dropped $198, from $1,638 to $1,440. Two other losses exceeding 11% were Riesling, down $167, from $1,584 to $1,417; and Cabernet Franc, which lost $154, from $1,396 to $1,242. Prices for most hybrid and native American varieties also declined.

A list of grape prices is available below,  courtesy of the Finger Lakes Grape Program in Penn Yan. Of the eight vinifera varieties with seven or more wineries posting prices, all were down. In addition to the three varieties listed above that had the sharpest losses, Lemberger dropped $131 per ton; Pinot Noir, $128; Cabernet Sauvignon, $90; Pinot Gris, $85 and Chardonnay, $74.

Six wineries posted prices for hybrid varieties. Five of the six dropped in price: Traminette, $57 per ton; Vignoles, $44; Seyval and Cayuga White, $33; and Vidal, $7. One variety, Rougeon, was $3 higher.

Four other varieties showed strength: GR7, $549 to $579 a ton; Chelois, $725 to $775; Chancellor, from $680 to $700; and Aurore, $381 to $393. Three of the four varieties in the native American category showed small losses, Niagara, $9; Concord, $5 and Catawba, $4. Delaware gained $12, from $387 to $399.

New York state wineries that purchase more than 5 tons of any grape variety are required to publish the prices they will pay by Aug. 15 each year. According to Walter-Peterson, some of the prices reported are prices paid by wineries for their own fruit. Others may be contracted prices between growers and wineries.

2009 Grape Prices Paid by Finger Lakes Wineries
All figures in dollars per ton. Source: Finger Lakes Grape Program

 

Anthony Road

Bully Hill

Constellation Wines

Fall Bright

Fulkerson

Aurore

--

  440

415

  325

--

Baco Noir

--

  650

510

  550

--

Cabernet Franc

1,350

800

--

1,550

1,400

Cabernet Sauvignon

--

1,200

--

1,700

--

Castel

--

  700

385

--

--

Catawba

--

  290

255

275

340

Cayuga White

600

  550

--

500

495

Chambourcin

--

  700

--

825

--

Chancellor

--

  700

--

700

--

Chardonnay

1,450

1,200

--

1,400

--

Chardonel

--

750

--

--

--

Chelois

--

  900

--

650

--

Colobel

--

  700

--

700

600

Concord

--

  325

235

275

300

Corot Noir

--

500

--

400

600

DeChaunac

--

--

--

450

450

Delaware

--

  300

295

350

--

Diamond

--

--

--

450

--

Elvira

--

--

295

--

--

Gewürztraminer

1,500

1,200

--

1,700

1,600

Golden Muscat

--

--

--

--

--

GR7

--

650

510

--

--

Isabella

--

--

--

--

--

Ives

--

380

--

--

--

Landal Noir

--

--

--

--

--

Lemberger

1,000

--

--

--

1,400

Léon Millot

--

  650

--

625

625

Maréchal Foch

--

700

--

600

540

Melody

--

--

--

--

--

Merlot

1,950

1,500

--

--

--

Muscat Ottonel

--

--

--

1,500

--

Niagara

--

340

250

275

300

Noiret

--

--

--

625

--

Pinot Blanc

--

--

--

--

--

Pinot Gris

1,500

1,500

--

--

1,550

Pinot Noir

1,800

1,650

--

1,700

--

Riesling

1,900

1,000

--

1,700

--

Rosette

--

--

--

--

375

Rougeon

600

  650

425

--

500

Sangiovese

--

--

--

--

--

Sauvignon Blanc

--

--

--

--

--

Seyval

--

  550

--

625

625

St. Vincent

--

--

435

--

--

Syrah

--

--

--

--

--

Traminette

--

950

--

1,000

800

Valvin Muscat

--

--

--

--

800

Ventura

--

--

295

--

--

Verdelet

--

--

--

--

400

Vidal Blanc

--

  600

--

625

--

Vignoles (Ravat)

800

  800

--

825

800

Vignoles, late harvest

1,600

--

--

1,600

--

Villard Blanc

--

--

--

--

--

Vincent

--

--

--

525

600

Viognier

--

--

--

--

--

 

 

Glenora

Hazlitt 1852

Hunt Country

Imagine Moore


Lakewood

Aurore

--

--

--

--

--

Baco Noir

  525

--

--

--

  600

Cabernet Franc

1,100

--

1,400

1,000

1,200

Cabernet Sauvignon

1,700

--

1,700

1,700

1,600

Castel

--

--

--

--

--

Catawba

--

345

340

--

400

Cayuga White

 575

--

600

650

  550

Chambourcin

--

--

700

--

--

Chancellor

--

--

--

--

--

Chardonnay

1,100

--

1,300

900

1,100

Chardonel

--

--

--

--

--

Chelois

--

--

--

--

--

Colobel

--

--

--

--

--

Concord

--

340

275

--

450

Corot Noir

--

--

600

--

--

DeChaunac

--

--

450

--

475

Delaware

--

  400

450

--

600

Diamond

--

--

--

--

--

Elvira

--

--

--

--

--

Gewürztraminer

1,600

--

1600

--

1500

Golden Muscat

--

375

--

--

--

GR7

525

--

--

--

--

Isabella

475

--

--

--

--

Ives

--

--

--

--

450

Landal Noir

--

--

--

--

--

Lemberger

--

--

--

1,200

1,500

Léon Millot

--

--

--

--

600

Maréchal Foch

--

--

--

--

600

Melody

--

--

--

--

--

Merlot

1,600

2,000

--

2,000

--

Muscat Ottonel

--

--

--

--

--

Niagara

  450

  345

350

--

375

Noiret

--

--

750

700

--

Pinot Blanc

1400

--

--

--

--

Pinot Gris

--

1,600

1,700

1,700

1,700

Pinot Noir

1,600

--

--

1,500

1,500

Riesling

1,400

--

1,600

1,400

1,250

Rosette

--

--

--

--

--

Rougeon

525

--

600

--

--

Sangiovese

1,500

--

--

--

--

Sauvignon Blanc

--

1,800

--

1,750

--

Seyval

575

--

600

500

--

St. Vincent

--

--

--

--

--

Syrah

1500

--

--

2000

--

Traminette

--

1,000

--

850

--

Valvin Muscat

--

--

750

--

--

Ventura

--

--

--

--

--

Verdelet

--

--

--

--

--

Vidal Blanc

575

--

--

--

500

Vignoles (Ravat)

525

900

750

--

700

Vignoles, late harvest

--

--

--

--

--

Villard Blanc

--

--

--

--

--

Vincent

--

--

--

--

600

Viognier

--

--

--

--

--

 


 


Lucas

Rooster Hill


Swedish

Hill


White Springs

Aurore

--

--

--

--

Baco Noir

650

--

--

--

Cabernet Franc

--

--

1,250

--

Cabernet Sauvignon

--

1,700

1,500

--

Castel

--

--

--

--

Catawba

344

--

 350

  375

Cayuga White

700

 600

 525

  550

Chambourcin

--

--

525

--

Chancellor

--

--

--

--

Chardonnay

1,500

1,450

1,100

--

Chardonel

--

--

--

--

Chelois

--

--

--

--

Colobel

--

--

--

--

Concord

--

--

275

  300

Corot Noir

700

--

525

--

DeChaunac

630

--

--

--

Delaware

--

--

 400

  350

Diamond

--

--

475

400

Elvira

--

--

--

--

Gewürztraminer

--

--

1,150

--

Golden Muscat

--

--

  375

--

GR7

630

--

--

--

Isabella

--

--

475

525

Ives

--

--

--

--

Landal Noir

--

--

525

--

Lemberger

--

--

1,250

--

Léon Millot

--

--

--

--

Maréchal Foch

--

--

675

  550

Melody

--

--

525

--

Merlot

--

--

1,800

--

Muscat Ottonel

--

--

--

--

Niagara

344

--

 315

  350

Noiret

750

--

750

--

Pinot Blanc

--

--

--

--

Pinot Gris

--

--

1,150

--

Pinot Noir

--

--

1,500

--

Riesling

1,600

1,700

1,100

1,725

Rosette

--

--

--

--

Rougeon

--

--

525

--

Sangiovese

--

--

--

--

Sauvignon Blanc

--

--

--

--

Seyval

700

650

--

--

St. Vincent

--

--

--

--

Syrah

--

--

--

--

Traminette

--

1,100

850

800

Valvin Muscat

--

--

700

--

Ventura

--

--

--

--

Verdelet

--

--

--

--

Vidal Blanc

--

900

  700

  600

Vignoles (Ravat)

--

--

  700

--

Vignoles, late harvest

--

--

--

--

Villard Blanc

--

--

700

--

Vincent

--

--

  600

  700

Viognier

--

--

1,500

--

 

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LATEST READER COMMENTS
 
 
Posted on 09.01.2009 - 12:32:53 PST
 
While I appreciate the intentions behind the production of this pricing data, I believe the data is skewed because of the following factors:

1) The number of respondents is so low that the majority of the pricing is statistically meaningless (a total of 13 grape varieties where the response was 10 or higher).
2) All but 4 or 5 of the respondents are very large wineries. Some of the "purchasing" is undoubtedly internal to the winery owned vineyards.
3) Many growers wait for this document before determining their pricing. Prices negotiated late in the season are not captured
5) Volume does not factor in. If there were 10 buyers for a variety with 3 of the buyers purchasing 30 tons or more, that price/ton should weigh more heavily than the lower volume buyers.
6) Late price adjustments are not factored in due to the timing (quality bonus/penalties)
 
Duncan
 
Lockport, NY USA
 
 
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