How many wineries are there in California?

2Mark Angelillo

I've been asked this question before, and I think I have a pretty good answer (from the Snooth database) but I'm curious what people think? Definitely share any sources you have on this as well. I'll share the figure from the database after a few answers come in. I'm curious how many wineries we might be missing!

  • 2Mark Angelillo Thanks for all the great answers! Snooth's database says 4,179 wineries in California. I suspect we're including some grape growers and some duplicates, so the real number is certain to be a few less.


  • According to the Wine Institute there are about 3,400 in California.


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    Snooth User: sydneyb

    Jul 21, 2011 at 12:33pm

  • 3,400 could be right for registered wineries, but there are almost 5,000 grape growers in CA - assuming many of those are registered as wineries, what about the other 1,600 - they are absolutely making something that resembles wine.    Is there such a thing as a wine bootlegger?

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    Snooth User: it2daddy

    Jul 21, 2011 at 1:15pm

    • 33093Chris Carpita I assume you mean that there are ~ 5000 grape farmers in California, but some of them only sell their grapes to wine producers. Would also assume there is a large contingent of wineries that don't grow anything, 10-20%? That would indicate a larger proportion of grape farmers that don't make wine, higher than the 1600 number anyway.


    This is an interesting question with several answers that are potentially correct. 
    Is the question how many wine making facilities are there in California? 
    Or is the question how many bonded wineries are there in California, a much more straightforward question. 
    And finally, and perhaps the simplest interpretation of the question, how many wine brands are there in California, for a single bonded winery can hold the product for several wineries. 
    The number of Bonded wineries is undoubtedly just under 3,400. The number of wine making facilities is probably a healthy fraction of that number, perhaps as high as 3,000, but that is just an educated guess. 
    As far as the number of brands go, there are two figures one can throw out, the number of active brands and the number of registered brands. It's been said that there are over 50,000 registered wine brands produced in the US, the vast majority of those would come from California. 
    Having said that, many of those brands are dormant, but probably about 10,000 wine brands are being produced at any one time in the US, again the vast majority coming from California, probably about 80%.

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    Snooth User: Gregory Dal Piaz

    Jul 21, 2011 at 4:15pm

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