Connecticut Wine Region and U.S. Wine Trends
- Average amount of wine bottles drank yearly per US President: 1) 2010 - 15.5 bottles; 2) 2000 - 9.3 bottles; 3) 1990 - 9.2; 4) 1980 - 9.2 bottles; 5) 1970 - 5.5 bottles; 6) 1960 - 4.8 bottles.
- The average US adult now drinks 3.6x more wine bottles a year since 1960!
- Connecticut American Viticultural Area (ava) acreage: 1) Western Connecticut Highlands - 2.004.550 acres; 2) Southeastern New england - 1.875.200 acres.
* This includes CT, MA & RI.
- How does this compare to popular US wine regions?: 1) Columbia Valley (OR/WA) - 11.520.000 acres; 2) Walla Walla Valley (OR/WA) - 178.560 acres; 3) Willamette Valley (OR) - 3.300.000 acres; 4) Napa Valley (CA) -
225.280 acres; 5) Sonoma Valley (CA) - 4.000 acres; 6) Finger Lakes (NY) - 8.400 acres.
- The most common wine grape varietals in Connecticut are...: 1) Cabernet Franc: Type (Red); Family (Vitis Vinifera); Flavors/aromas (Raspberries, black currant & pepper); 2) St. Croix: Type (Red); Family (Hybrid); Flavors/aromas
(Fruits & currants); 3) Chardonnay: Type (White); Family (Vitis Vinifera); Flavors/aromas (Various: based on terroir and oak, such as tropical fruits, green apples, smokey & many more); 4) Pinot Gris: Type (White); Family (Vitis
Vinifera); Flavors/aromas (Floral, pears, apples & melons); 5) Riesling: Type (White); Family (Vitis Vinifera); Flavors/aromas (Various: based on terroir, such as floral & fruitiness); 6) Seyval Blanc: Type (White); Family (Hybrid);
Flavors/aromas (Citrus & mineral).
- Wine drinking demographics in the United States: 1) Eastern US: Beer - 42%; Liquor - 17%; Wine - 37%; 2) "Based on adults who drink alcohol, 37% prefer wine in the eastern United States..."; 3) 18-34 age (wine - 22%); 4)
35-54 age (wine - 30%); 5) 55 & over (wine - 42%); 6) As a person ages in the United States, there is a significant increase in those preferring wine instead of beer or liquor (+90.1%).
Sources: Connecticut Wine Trail - http://ctwine.com/about; Wine Institute - http://www.eineinstitute.org/resources/statistics/articles; Wine Institute - http://www.iwineinstitute.com/avabyname.rsp; Gallup - http://www.gallup.com/