2016 Alsace crop 19% up on previous year

Thursday February 02 2017 by Vitisphere

According to latest estimates collated on the basis of harvest returns, Alsace produced 1.18 million hectolitres of wine in 2016, an increase of 19% on the previous year and 12% in relation to the five-year average. This significant rise in production volumes puts an end to three successively small crops, points out the Alsace wine marketing board CIVA. The board is not overly optimistic, however, preferring to see the glass half empty in a press statement, where it adds that although volumes are satisfactory, they remain “insufficient to replenish our inventories”.

Or at least, inventories of still wines with most of the extra volume channelled towards production of sparkling wines. In 2016, production of base wines for Crémant d’Alsace bordered on 300,000 hectolitres, at 295,000 hl, up 20% on 2015. “By prioritising AOC Crémant d’Alsace, volumes available this year for still wines were restricted”, said CIVA. Despite this, Alsace still wine appellations posted a 20% rise in volume across-the-board, at 839,000 hectolitres.

 

Source: Vitisphere. Photo: Alsace wine marketing board

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