Global wine production in 2017 will be “historically low” according to forecasts by the International Organisation of Vine and Wine (OIV).
The OIV, based in Paris, estimates that the volume produced will drop to its lowest level for more than 50 years. In fact, worldwide wine production is expected to plunge from 268.8 to 246,7 million hectolitres, a fall of 8.2% compared to 2016.
Europe most affected
The fall will be particularly severe for the world’s biggest wine producers. Production has effectively fallen by 23% in Italy, by 19% in France and 15% in Spain. Together, these three countries have suffered a shortfall of more than 25 million hectolitres (Mhl) compared to 2016. Climatic hazards such as heatwave temperatures in Spain, frost in Italy and hail in France have combined to make 2017 a poor vintage year, quite apart from the main factor: widespread drought.
In France, while some vineyards have held up relatively well, others have suffered particular hardship: in the Bordeaux region practically half the grapes failed to ripen. Practically all regions have seen a decline in production, with the exception of Burgundy which withstood the conditions better.
Elsewhere in Europe, production in Germany has also witnessed a sharp fall, with a drop of 10% on last year. Other countries such as Austria (+24%), Portugal (+10%) and Hungary have reported a better bill of health. Top prize goes to Romania which, according to the OIV’s estimates, should see its production shoot up by 64%, with 5.3 Mhl in 2017 compared to 3.3 in 2016.