North American winery count: 7,834

SACRAMENTO, CA -- The number of wineries in North America grew to 7,834 in 2011, according to WinesVinesDATA, the research arm of Wines & Vines magazine.

Publisher Chet Klingensmith released the count at the Unified Wine & Grape Symposium on Tuesday, the same day the magazine's annual Directory & Buyer's Guide went on sale.

The compilation found 7,345 wineries now operating in the U.S., an increase of 450 wineries, or 6%, from a year ago. Canadian wineries now number 465, up 17%, and Mexico is home to 24 wineries, for a North American total of 7,834.

California continues to count the most wineries in North America, with 196 new wineries, bringing the total to 3,519. California continues to bottle more than 90% of the nation's wine even though fewer than half of North American wineries are in California.

Each state has at least two wineries. The top six states in number of wineries:
  1. California
  2. Washington
  3. Oregon
  4. New York
  5. Virginia
  6. Texas
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