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Poor weather drains world output of wine

By Alison Hunt

Europe badly hit as production falls 10 per cent after bumper 2018

Bad weather has hit the wine industry, with global wine production estimates falling by about 10 per cent, according to the International Organisation of Vine and Wine (OIV).

The organisation collected wine production information from 28 countries, representing 85 per cent of the world’s production in 2018.

While 2018 was a bumper year for wine production, with 294mhl (million hectolitres) produced globally, 2019’s offering is a reduced 263mhl.

The two largest producers in the European Union, France and Italy, recorded a 15 per cent fall in production, with Spain down 24 per cent. These countries account for 80 per cent of total EU output and all three produced less than their five-year average.

The fall in production is down to the weather, according to the OIV report, notably “a very cold and rainy spring followed by an extremely hot and dry summer”.

South America’s two largest producers also recorded drops in production, with Argentina down by 10 per cent and Chile 7 per cent.

However the weather was kinder in the US where production is estimated to be down by just 1 per cent on the 2018 bumper year, although this forecast will need reviewing.

Despite a drought that affected its grape harvest, South Africa increased its wine production by 3 per cent, after a poor return in 2018.

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