About 4 million tons of grapes were crushed in 2009, making it only the second time in the past 10 years that the crush was exceeded 4 million tons.


The Californa Agricultural Statistics Service released its preliminary grape crush report today for the 2009 season.


The crush was 11 percent higher than 2008, with red wine varieties accounting for the largest share of the increase.


Even with the larger crop, prices averaged $570.64 across all varieties, or 4 percent higher than 2008.


The final crush report will be released March 10.

To read the preliminary report, visit http://www.nass.usda.gov.