Anderson Valley Vineyard Census

2019 survey – SUMMARY SHEET

Summary

In 2019, the Anderson Valley Winegrowers Association (AVWA) completed a full census of all bearing vineyards (2018) within the legal definition of the Anderson Valley appellation. Vineyards are identified through public records at the County of Mendocino, aerial photography, consultation with local vineyards management services, and through the AVWA membership lists.

Since the 2015 Census there are several new properties that don’t appear on the Census because the vines aren’t yet planted. The median vineyard size in Anderson Valley is still quite small. The Pinot Noir theme is not just dominant, but it is unique to all regions in CA. No other region has put so much focus onto a single varietal (there are only 7 properties that do not grow Pinot in the valley). Properties that grow only one varietal are 48% with 33% of properties growing two varietals. The remaining grow 3 or more varietals.

Key information compiled through the census is presented below. Inquires or questions should be directed to the Anderson Valley Winegrowers Association via e-mail: info@avwines.com.


Breakdown of Vineyard Properties:

Total Vineyard Properties: 90 (owned by 69 Farmers) 

Total Planted Acres: 2,457

*Note: 7 known completely fallow properties are excluded from this analysis 
*Note: 103 fallow acres are excluded from this analysis 

 

Breakdown of Vineyard Properties:

Average vineyard property: 27.3 acres 

Median vineyard property: 13 acres 

Vineyard properties less than 5 acres: 26 

Vineyard properties larger than 100 acres:

 

Varietal Acreage (based on a 100% sample) 

Pinot Noir: 1698 acres 

Chardonnay: 532 acres 

Gewurztraminer: 100 acres 

Merlot: 74 acres 

Pinot Gris: 49 acres 

Riesling: 25 acres 

 

Varietal Property Count (based on a 100% sample) 

Pinot Noir: 83 properties 

Chardonnay: 28 properties 

Pinot Gris: 15 properties 

Gewurztraminer: 12 properties 

Riesling: 7 properties 

Syrah: 4 properties

 

Wine Permits:

There are approximately 30 bonded, local wineries in Anderson Valley 

27 tastings rooms are open to the public or by appointment 

 

Trends:

Varietals decreasing since 2010: 

Riesling (-13 acres) 

 

Varietals increasing since 2010: 

Pinot Noir (+246 acres) 

Chardonnay (+32 acres) 

Gewurztraminer (+15 acres) 

 

Fish-Friendly Farming Acres:

Currently 1,800 acres as of 2019 (73% of total acreage)