European crop plummets

Monday October 21 2019 by Vitisphere

“After a record harvest in 2018, output in 2019 is close to the five-year average” announced the European Commission.“After a record harvest in 2018, output in 2019 is close to the five-year average” announced the European Commission. - Photo credit : CC0 Creative Commons

In 2019, European wine regions are expected to produce 161.3 million hectolitres of wine and must, according to the European Commission's Directorate-General for Agriculture (DGAgri). Down 15% from the bumper 2018 crop, this year’s output is fairly close to the five-year average, with a 4% decrease compared to 2014-2018, when the average was negatively impacted by the all-time low 2017 harvest. Caused by a number of weather hazards (shatter, frost, hail, drought...), the overall decline in European production does not change the distribution of crop volumes between the main producer regions.

Italy-France-Spain = 80 % of Europe's harvest

Italy, the world's leading wine producing country, expects to harvest 46.14 million hl (-17% on 2018) and to account for 29% of total European production. At 43.36 million hl (-13%), France represents 27% of the EU crop, ahead of Spain’s 25% (40 million hl, -19%). The world’s three leading wine producing countries are estimated to account for more than 80% of European wine and must production this year. If its 9 million hl (-12%) estimate is confirmed, Germany will total 6% of the European harvest, and Portugal 4% (6.7 million hl, +10%).

 

 

 

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