Grapes
 

Overview/History


For more than two centuries, Californians have been cultivating grapes.

Grapes have been around a long, long time.  In fact, the first grape varieties might date as far back as 6000 B.C.

But for California, the fresh grape boom hit in 1839 when a former trapper from Kentucky, William Wolfskill, planted the state’s first table grape vineyard in the Mexican colonial pueblo now known as Los Angeles.  An agricultural entrepreneur, Wolfskill was the first farmer to ship fresh grapes to Northern California.  R.B. Blowers expanded the idea and sent the first 22-pound box of California grapes to Chicago via the new transcontinental railroad in 1869.

The gold rush may have ended, but the grape rush continues.  Today, over 99 percent of grapes commercially grown in the United States come from California.  With over 85 varieties grown, California grapes come in three colors – green, red and black – and are available May through January.  During the 2015-16 season, California's table grape growers harvested their third largest crop ever, sending 110.5 million boxes of grapes to more than 55 countries around the world, and setting a new record for crop value at $1.83 billion.

California’s table grape growers are committed to giving you the best tasting, highest quality grapes in the world, so we apply the highest standards of production to every vine we grow.  Our grapes are cultivated, picked, packed and transported with the greatest care to ensure the berries you enjoy arrive in just-picked condition:  plump, juicy and perfect.