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Classic,Wine,Wine Trivia

How Much Wine Comes From One Vine?

Have you ever wondered how much wine comes from one vine? This is a great trivia question, for those opening moments, instead of asking, “So, what’s your sign?”

“Either way, you’re a geek, though,” said she, who used to get hit on.

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 decided 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

 

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5 Responses to “How Much Wine Comes From One Vine?”

  1. Patrick says:

    Four tons per acre sounds high, unless you are talking about lower-priced wines.

  2. Jo Diaz says:

    Generalizing, when you add in what’s grown in Central Valley, versus highly acclaimed appellations, you’ve got to find a common ground. There’s more commodity wine on the market than artisan, I’m sure you’ll agree.

  3. Shelley Esson says:

    I remember back in the day, oh yes, it was the day – The old Hogue Family Winery was one of the first to get a contract from suppliers per acre. They guaranteed a price per acre as long as the growers complied with the winemaker standards. The grower was guaranteed a price per acre instead of per ton, so paying attention to what happened in the vineyards didn’t detract from the final dollar value and the grower didn’t feel the need to push yield.

  4. Brad Terrill says:

    I think you have been more than conservative, especially with the planting of only 544 vines per acre. As I recall 920 vines per acre is a 6 by 10 spacing. Still, Napa County had just a tad over 4 tons per acre last year. I always figure the Central Valley for about half again more. It almost has to be with the lower price per ton and picking costs being similar. The 14 pounds per vine is a little high, but the vines per acre is low. Regardless, when looking at the final number 4 tons per acre is a conservative Statewide average.

    Cheers, Brad

  5. Jo Diaz says:

    Thanks, Brad. Hard to hit a median mark. Between Central Valley (plenty of tons) and eclectic regions (more conservative), I did the best I could.

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