Portugal, Romania, Hungary and Austria to see wine production rise
However, Portugal, Romania, Hungary and Austria were the only countries in Europe whose wine production increased compared to 2016.
The total output of 246.7 million hectolitres was due in large part to steep drops in the top three wine producing countries: Italy, France and Spain.
This drop is consecutive to climate hazards, which affected the main producing countries, particularly in Europe,” said the Paris-based OIV.
According to OIV, in Italy production slumped 23 percent to 39.3 mhl, while in France the drop was 19 percent to 36.7 mhl. Production in Spain fell 15 percent to 33.5 mhl.
On the other hand, Romania’s wine production grew by 64 percent compared to 2016, from 3.3 to 5.3 million hectoliters, which puts it on the 13th place in the top of the world’s largest wine producers. In 2017, a percentage increase higher than that of Romania was recorded only in Brazil, where the wine production increased by 169 percent to 3.4 million hectoliters.
“After two poor harvests, Romania returned to a high level of production,” the OIV press release reads.
As regards wine consumption, OIV estimates is nevertheless estimated within the range of 240.5 to 245.8 mhl.
World wine production, excluding juice and musts, is likely to reach 246.7 mhl – an 8 percent drop compared with 2016 and one of the lowest levels for several decades. ■