Commercial Growers (Non-Winery)
There were 23 vineyards that sold grapes to Maryland Wineries in 2006. They are located in twelve counties, with Carroll County accounting for more than 38% of the vines. A total of 224 tons were reported sold in 2006 to Maryland Wineries and 17 tons were sold elsewhere (fruit stands, pick-your-own, etc.), resulting in an average yield of approximately two tons per acre, based on total vines (not harvested vines). These 23 vineyards showed growth of 4.4% (vine), 5.9% (acre) and 8.3% harvest tonnage from 2005. They also report 14% (vine) and 13% (acre) growth in 2007. The 2007 growth numbers increase by 34% (vine) and 32% (acre) when you include the data from the seven new 2007 Commercial Growers. Maryland will have 160 Commercial, non-winery Acres (117,000 Vines) by the end of 2007.
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