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How much wine comes from one vine?

“How much wine comes from one vine?” you ask…

The answer is going to be an average. It’s important that you know that right off the bat. I just left a vineyard where half of the fruit lay on the ground. The grapes were cut from the vine so that the last push for sugar levels (plus color, flavors, textures, and tannins) is going into each vine right now, as I write this… pre-harvest.

On average, one plant equals about 14 pounds of fruit, if crop isn’t dropped in substantial amounts. One plant will then equal about five (750 milliliter) bottles of wine.

One gallon is equal to 5 bottles of wine.

The following are averages, because viticulturists ultimately decide how many plants there will be on one acre of land. Some stress the vines to be three feet apart. This causes the roots of each plant, because it is so close to its neighbor, to go straight down into the earth, and not sprawl outward. Others (up to six feet apart), allow the vines to have their root systems sprawl, before they go downward searching for water, leaving more space between plants. Think averages with the following figures:

One acre equals about four tons of grapes. With this configuration, you get the following:

  • 1 acre = about 544 plants
  • 1 acre = about 3028 bottles of wine
  • 1 acre = 252 cases of wine
  • 1 barrel = 59.4 gallons, or 225 liters of wine
  • 1 barrels = 24 cases of wine

Wine Bottles Names and Capacity

Split ~ 186 milliliters ~ 1/4 bottle

Half bottle ~ 375 milliliters

Bottle/Fifth ~ 1 bottle

Magnum ~ 2 bottles

Burgundy

  • Jeroboam ~ 4 bottles
  • Rehoboam ~ 6 bottles
  • Methuselah ~ 8 bottles
  • Salmanazar ~ 12 bottles
  • Balthazar ~ 16 bottles
  • Nebuchhadnezzer ~ 20 bottles
  • Sovereign ~ 33.33 bottles

Bordeaux

  • Double Magnum ~ 4 bottles
  • Jeroboam ~ 6 bottles
  • Imperial ~ 8 bottles
  • Salmanazar ~ 12 bottles

Based on Biblical Names

  • Jeroboam ~ Was the first king of the Israelite Kingdom of Israel from 922 to 901 BC, after the revolt of the 10 northern Israelite tribes against Rehoboam. This put an end to the United Monarchy.
  • Rehoboam ~ Was the king of the United Monarchy of Israel, and later of the Kingdom of Judah. After the 10 northern tribes of Israel rebelled in 932 – 931 BC, he formed the independent Kingdom of Israel.
  • Methuselah ~ The oldest person (969 years) in the bible, is the grandfather of Noah.
  • Salmanazar ~ King of Assyria under the name of Shalmaneser. There are conflicting dates given, but this gives you a range of his reign possibilities: either 1274 BC – 1245 BC, or 1265 BC – 1235 BC.
  • Balthazar ~ The name commonly attributed to one of the Three Wise Men.
  • Nebuchadnezzer ~ The ruler of Babylon (Chaldean Dynasty), he reigned from 605 BC to 562 BC. He conquered Judah and Jerusalem, and sent Jewish people into exile.

The following image is borrowed from Lost Canyon Winery in Cloverdale.

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5 Responses to “How much wine comes from one vine?”

  1. […] When we first planted our two-acre vineyard, I thought we’d probably get about 5 cases of wine. What did I know? The 2012 vintage is still in barrels, but we expect to get about 400 cases! Here’s a great article that helps explain, on average, how much wine you get per vine! […]

  2. Stella says:

    What is the source of your numbers? Thanks!

  3. Jo Diaz says:

    Stella, I did this research so long ago, I can’t remember. However, it was in one of my vit text books.

  4. […] How much wine comes from one vine? […]

  5. […] but we expect to get about 400 cases! Here’s a great article that helps explain, on average, how much wine you get per vine! We won’t ever be quite as prolific because we’ve spaced our plants a little farther […]

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