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Economics: Grape and Wine Production


Grape Statistics

Cost-of-Production Calculators

  • Northwest Grapes: Cost of Production Calculators – This is yet another tool for growers to use to evaluate the costs of production and establishment. The Northwest Cost-Of-Production Calculators were made possible with funds from a grant partnership between the Washington Wine Industry Foundation and the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) Federal Crop Insurance Corporation (FCIC), through the Risk Management Agency (RMA) titled: Grower Decision-Making Tools for Grapes and Tree Fruit.
  • AgProfit™ – AgProfit™ estimates machinery, labor, and production input costs as well as fruit size, grade, and total yield for calculating returns for crops with multiple establishment and production years. The program allows you to inflate specific return and input cost items over time to analyze the net present value, internal rate of return, and financial feasibility when implementing a particular technology, making minor changes to returns or input costs, or comparing cropping systems.

Economics and Budgets



Operating Economics

Business Plans




Liens and Commercial Codes

  • Filing a WA State Uniform Commercial Code (UCC) – Used for filing a public notice that you (grower) have interest in the property sold (grapes) to another party (winery). This does not replace a contract, but rather, is complementary to one.
  • WA Processor Liens - Washington State WAC Code – What you can do if you do not get paid for delivered, contracted wine grapes.

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Viticulture Self-Directed Courses

Take individual programs from the Viticulture Certificate Course, and custom-build your knowledge base.  A course on Vineyard Economics, and Viticulture – Enology Interface are available, among others.

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