March 12, 2013

A New York view of the wine world

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Recently, someone asked me, “so just how big is Burgundy, say, compared to Manhattan?” Excellent question! Herewith, some of the world’s wine regions and their whole or fractional Manhattan equivalents:
Manhattan is the smallest of the five boroughs of New York City at 14,478 acres (22.6 sq. mi.; all sources appear after the jump.)
* Romanee-Conti (DRC) vineyard: 4.4 acres, about half of Bryant Park
* Burgundy: 70,470 acres or about five Manhattans
* Champagne: 86,500 acres or about six Manhattans
* Bordeaux: 300,000 acres or about 21 Manhattans
* Barossa (Australia): 13,256 acres planted or about Manhattan minus Inwood
* Napa (California): 44,000 acres planted, or about three Manhattans
* Mendoza (Argentina): 360,972 acres or about 25 Manhattans
* Maipo (Chile): 30,000 acres or about two Manhattans (or, the Bronx)
* Languedoc-Rousillon (France): 528,000 acres or about 37 Manhattans

All vineyard sources are from the Oxford Companion to Wine, Third Edition with the exception of Barossa which was here. The Burgundy figure includes Chablis, the Maconnais, and the Cote Chalonnaise; sadly, no quick acreage was available on the Cote D’Or (or Barolo) so feel free to add it in the comments. The Manhattan acres came from: Manhattan: Long, Luman H.(ed). The World Almanac and Book of Facts: 1967. New York, NY: Newspaper Enterprise Association, Inc., 1966: 305.