United States

Appears in
Oxford Companion to Wine

By Jancis Robinson

Published 2006

  • About

United States, of America, now an important wine importer and producer of wine and drying grapes. In the 2010s it became the world’s most significant importer of wine, thanks to a growing interest in wine among important, often youthful, segments of its 319 million population. The US is the globe’s fourth largest producer of wine, behind Spain, France, and Italy, with california contributing 90% of the country’s 750 million gal/28 million hl output in 2013. California is by far the most important wine-producing state in both volume and prestige, followed by washington, oregon, and new york. Total US vineyard area was over 1,005,000 acres/407,000 ha in 2011 according to oiv statistics.