Gallo’s Fresno winery (Google Earth)

California’s E&J Gallo own the three largest wineries in the world. They don’t tend to invite journalists to them, but Google Earth allows us to take a tour. (The pictures here are all from Google Earth.)

The three wineries in question are two production wineries (Fresno and Livingston) and a winery for bottling and shipping (Modesto). They also own the largest winery in Sonoma, too.

Gallo Modesto (Google Earth)

In 2000, they claimed to take one-third of the total grape harvest in California (they have 90 000 acres under contract), and to make more wine than all of Australia.

Gallo’s Livingston winery (Google Earth)

As of 2011, they had eight wineries and 60 brands. Livingston crushed 450 000 tons, and Fresno 535 000 tons. I don’t have m ore recent figures, but they now have 15 wineries, according to their website.

A 2001 figure cited a production level of 950 million bottles.

A 2006 estimate was that they sold 62 million cases in the USA and accounted for one-quarter of the USA table wine market.

Google Earth gives us a good idea of the size of the tanks.

In 2011, Modesto bottled and shipped 90 million gallons of wine. Livingston produced 160 million gallons and Fresno produced 110 million gallons.

They also make their own glass: Gallo Glass produces 2 million bottles a day.