Alcohol aficionados of the drinking age enjoy a nightly glass (or more) of vino. Or maybe it’s just a flute of bubbly on special occasions. If you’re part of this crowd, you may have a favorite bottle, box, or overall brand. But where do the stars of this favorite evening activity come from? Within the U.S., there are more than 10,000 wineries. Let’s cheers to the 10 largest wine companies, the biggest changes in production from year to year, along with where they’re located on the map below. We’ll also show how you can use a map’s clustering to make sense of large amounts of data.
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We mapped Wine Business Monthly’s 2020 and 2018 reports of the largest wineries in US, which represent more than 90% of wine sold in the U.S. You can sort the map by rank, cases sold, and the changes in both from 2018—or read on for more information about the top 10 biggest wineries in the US.
All of the wineries on the map are notable. But the top 10 are definitely something to drink to.
|2020 RANK||2020 COMPANY||2020 U.S. CASES SOLD||CASES SOLD CHANGE FROM 2018||RANK CHANGE FROM 2018|
|1||E & J Gallo Winery||70,000,000||0||0|
|2||The Wine Group||53,000,000||0||0|
|4||Trinchero Family Estates||20,000,000||700,000||0|
|5||Treasury Wine Estates||14,000,000||-2,000,000||0|
|6||Delicato Family Wines||13,000,000||2,800,000||0|
|7||Bronco Wine Company||10,000,000||0||0|
|8||SteMichelle Wine Estates||8,200,000||-800,000||0|
|9||Jackson Family Wines||6,000,000||0||0|
|10||Deutsch Family Wine & Spirits (Josh Cellars)||4,340,000||2,140,000||2|
The 2020 top 10 list is almost identical to that of 2018, with E & J Gallo Winery consistently topping the charts as America’s #1. Considering a standard wine case contains 12 750 ml bottles, the 70,000,000 cases sold in 2020 is an astronomical amount. The family-owned winery is based in Modesto, CA and also owns the popular Barefoot Wine.
As was the case for the entire map of the largest wine companies, these top 10 are representing California, second-place The Wine Group included. Notably, Deutsch Family Wine & Spirits, specifically, Josh Cellars, is the only Connecticut-based winery in the top 10, and on the entire map of the 50 largest U.S. wineries. It’s also the only winery in the top 10 that rose in rank in 2020. Let’s dive more into the changes in the years, whether positive or negative.
The aforementioned Josh Cellars of Deutsch Family Wine & Spirits both rose in rank by two spots and saw a growth of +2,140,000 cases. Yet, that wasn’t the largest positive change. The sixth-largest winery in the U.S., Delicato Family Wines, had the largest increase in cases sold between 2018 and 2020: +2,800,000 cases. However, the increase was not enough to bump them up in rank.
These two wineries are the only increases in the millions, as Precept Wine’s increase of 800,000 cases is the next largest positive change. That earned it #12 from #13 in 2018. As for solely rank increases, only one winery jumped in rank via double-digits. NakedWines.com is now the 27th largest wine-maker in the U.S., up 10 from previous years.
Just like the increases, there are two wineries with case production changes in the millions. New York’s Constellation Brands went down 15,000,000 cases in 2020 while the Melbourne-based Treasury Wine Estates produced 2,000,000 fewer cases. Yet, even with this significant case drop-off, neither winery decreased in rank. You can discover the largest rank decreases on the map above. For now, we’ll move on to where these top wineries are located.
When it comes to the location of the biggest wineries in the US, the state of California is clearly wine country. Of the 50 largest US wineries, 34 call the Golden State home. Here are the most popular:
- Napa (4 wineries)
- St. Helena (4)
- Santa Rosa (3)
- Livermore (2)
- Healdsburg (2)
Napa’s top four wineries range in cases from 375K to 13 million. These include the Crimson Wine Group (375,000 cases), Delicato Family Wines (13,000,000), Hess Family Wine Estates (750,000), and JaM Cellars (600,000).
As for St. Helena’s top four wineries, the Trinchero Family Estates is the largest. It produced 20,000,000 cases of wine in 2020. Santa Rosa’s top three vineyards each produce cases in the seven digits while Livermore is home to the second-largest winery in the country (The Wine Group), in addition to another. Healdsburg’s top two vineyards result in fewer cases than the above.
Where else is wine made?
New York and Washington are home to three, including two U.S. branches of French brands—Pernod Ricard USA and Domaine Chandon Estates & Wines (Moët Hennessy USA)—in the Big Apple while two are based out of both Illinois and Oregon.
The 5th and 27th largest wine-sellers in the US are based internationally: Treasury Wine Estates (Melbourne, Australia-based) and NakedWines.com (Norwich, Great Britain). As for beer, check out Where U.S. Beer is Brewed.
You may think a map where 34 of the 50 locations are pinned in the same state wouldn’t be helpful. After all, so many markers in the same location can start to overlap, losing their ability to tell a useful story. However, you can actually opt to show fewer markers on the map without getting rid of any data.
With Cluster View, close markers are replaced with a summary icon that represents the multiple markers below. The icon is labeled with the number of markers it contains, but on your own maps, you can change it to show the average or sum of specific data. As you zoom into your map, you’ll see more and more individual markers.
Find how Cluster View can elevate your maps and start looking for the data you can visualize geographically.