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The value of the 2017 Napa County grape harvest was $736 million, an increase of $53 million or 7.6 percent increase over 2016.

Maria Sestito, Register file photo

Strong demand for Napa Valley grapes — cabernet in particular — helped the value of Napa County’s grape harvest to rise 7.6 percent in 2017, from $683 million in 2016 to $736 million.

The average price per ton for Napa County grapes rose 11 percent to $5,204 per ton, the highest in the state.

At the same time, in part due to a streak of hot weather in September, the total number of tons of all grapes harvested in Napa County dipped. The 2017 total of 141,578 tons was 3.3 percent less than 2016’s 146,557 tons.

California Department of Agriculture officials released the preliminary 2017 grape crop report midday Friday.

“Napa County is very healthy and profitable,” and enjoys good demand, said Glenn Proctor at the Ciatti Company, a wine and grape broker. The agricultural region is well positioned in the premium wine market, he said.

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