The University of California has published a new study examining the cost of establishing a vineyard and producing wine grapes in the North Coast region.

The study is based upon a hypothetical farm using common practices in Sonoma County. Growers, farm advisors and researchers provided input and reviews. The study shows current per-acre costs to establish and produce wine grapes with emphasis on the Chardonnay variety. The authors describe assumptions used to identify the current costs for the individual field operations, material inputs, cash and non-cash overhead.

Tables in the report show material input costs including labor, monthly cash costs, hourly equipment costs, equipment operations, and the whole farm annual equipment, investment and business overhead costs. A ranging analysis shows profits over a range of prices and yields.

Sample Costs to Establish a Vineyard and Produce Wine Grapes, North Coast Region — Sonoma County is available online at http://coststudies.ucdavis.edu and is also available from local UCCE offices and the University of California, Department of Agricultural and Resource Economics, One Shields Avenue, Davis, CA 95616.