2013 Italian wine production forecast!
The Italian National Association of wine experts, Assoenologi, which is the largest and oldest wine association in the world, has released its forecast for the grape harvest and wine production in Italy for the 2013 season.
Harvest season in Italy is now complete, and compared to Assoenologi’s initial production estimates which were made on 31 August, there are several differences with respect to both quantity and quality. Many areas experienced abundant yields, while others had limited yields.
In 2013 between 64 and 67 million tons of wine grapes were collected. Collectively the total yield amounts to between 47-48 million hectolitres of wine, which is 6 per cent more than early predictions suggested and an increase of 15 per cent compared to 2012.
All regions except for Southern Tuscany, Umbria and Lazio saw an increase of between 5 to 30 per cent compared to 2012.
In regards to the quality of the harvest, September progressed well, thus restoring confidence and enthusiasm, particularly favouring wines made from white grape varieties, while red wines were less fortunate (with grapes harvested in October) as the grapes had to endure weather unpredictable weather, abrupt changes in temperature and, in certain areas, substantial rainfall that affected the quantity and quality.
If forecasts are reached, Italy should again be the world’s leading wine producing country, however this leadership could be contested by Spain, which is predicted to produce 48 million hectolitres of wine, mainly whites, according to the Association of Spanish Agri-food Cooperatives.
Information courtesy of the Italian Trade Commission, Sydney