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Briley: Wine by the numbers

More visit the Napa Valley now than go to Disneyland

Posted: March 23, 2012 6:00 a.m.
Updated: March 23, 2012 6:00 a.m.
Russ Briley Russ Briley
Russ Briley

Below are some interesting wine statistics. Feel free to share and be the center of attention at your next party - or the one everyone will avoid.

There is estimated to be more than 20 million acres of grapes planted in the world.

As of 2010 there were 7,626 bonded wineries in the U.S. - 3,364 of these in California.

The No. 1 fruit crop in the world is grapes.

The California wine industry provides more than 150,000 jobs.

In California, Napa Valley just surpassed Disneyland as the No. 1 tourist destination, with more than 5 million visitors a year.

There are about 10,000 different varieties of wine grapes in the world.

Thirty million gallons of wine were lost in the 1906 San Francisco earthquake.

There is about one cluster of grapes in a glass of wine.

There are about 400 grapevines per acre and about five tons of grapes per acre.

A standard wine barrel holds 59 gallons.

You get about five bottles of wine per gallon.

A wine barrel will yield about 24 cases or 288 bottles.

A glass of red wine has about 120 calories.

There are about 250 million bubbles in a bottle of Champagne.

The pressure in a bottle of Champagne is three times that of a car tire.

It costs about $2.50 per bottle for wine to be aged in new French oak barrels.

A typical bottle of wine contains about 85 percent water.

There is at least one winery in all 50 states.

A magnum of wine is equivalent to two bottles of wine.

A jeroboam of wine is equivalent to four bottles of wine.

A Nebuchadnezzar of wine is equivalent to 20 bottles of wine.

At one time Portugal produced 13 billion corks a year.

The most planted grape is Airén, a white grape, with about 1 million acres in Spain.

It takes about four years for a newly planted vineyard to produce useable grapes to make wine.

More than 160 countries import wine from California.

France is a close second to Luxembourg in total wine consumption per person. The French average more than 60 liters per person a year.

About 4 percent of all the wine produced in California comes from Napa County.

A Chateauneuf-du-Pape from France can contain up to 13 grape varietals.

More than 98 percent of wine is consumed within the first week after it is purchased.

© Ventura County Star

As well as writing a wine column for the Ventura County Star, Russ Briley, long time Santa Clarita Valley resident, recently completed the Wine Studies program at COC. Russ and his wife Nancy also own Nuggucciet Cellars, where they produce small lots of Pinot Noir wine. Visit Email Briley at


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