– World wine production is expected to remain modest
The International Organization of Wine and Wine forecasts a volume for 2022 that is “slightly” below the average of the past twenty years.
World wine production, affected by climate change, is expected to be below the average of the past two decades in 2022, according to preliminary estimates from the International Organization of Vine and Wine (OIV) published on Monday.
Wine producers should produce about 260 million hectoliters (mhl) of wine this year, the OIV estimates, based on information gathered from 29 countries representing 91% of world production.
The total volume appears “slightly” lower than the average of the last twenty years (270 mhl) and is down 1% compared to 2021,” the company notes.
2021 production, reported as “very low” at 250 mhl, was later revised upwards to 262 mhl, according to provisional data from the OIV.
The organization notes that forecasts for 2022 are also subject to change, notably due to the absence of data from China – which is typical at this time of year – but “exceptionally” from Russia.
In Europe, repeated waves of heat and drought raised fears of a poor harvest. Finally, production is “better than expected,” with vines protected against diseases such as powdery mildew.
Production “better than expected”
Italy and France – the first and second world producers respectively – should produce more wine than the average of the last five years (2017-2021).
On the other hand, Spain, which completes these top three positions, shows a 12% drop in production compared to the 2017-2021 average due to “drought and limited access to water in certain areas”.
Greece, the country most affected by the heat, saw production fall by 29% compared to the 2017-2021 average.
Outside of Europe, production in the US (the world’s fourth largest producer) is down 6% compared to the 2017-2021 average, mainly due to early frost and later drought.