World wine consumption up while production falls

The just released report of the Organisation Internationale de la Vigne et du Vin shows global wine production falling in 2017 while world wide consumption rose.
Production (excluding juice & musts) fell to 250 mhl, a decline of 23.6 mhl compared with 2016 production. This production volume, said the Organisation, can be described as historically low.

2017 EU vinified production is estimated at 141 mhl, a 14.6% drop compared with 2016. This situation is the result of adverse weather conditions in the main wine-producing countries in Europe. This production figure is 4.5% lower still than the very low volumes produced in 2012 (147 mhl).
Outside the European Union there were contrasting developments in these regions:
  • Estimated at 23.3 mhl excluding juice and musts, 2017 wine production in the United States remained very high (almost as high as that of 2016, estimated at 23.6 mhl, and of 2013 at 24.4 mhl).
  • After the significant impact of El Niño on 2016 production, wine production in South America has evolved differently in different countries. Wine production in Argentina, at 11.8 mhl, grew in relation to the low levels of 2016, but failed to return to production levels generally achieved at the start of the decade. Following the catastrophic 2016 production, in 2017 it was more than a return to normal for Brazilian production (3.4 mhl), which rose to the same level as for the productive harvest of 2011. However, 2017 production in Chile declined once more after the low levels of 2016, reaching only 9.5 mhl.
  • South African production excluding juice and musts reached 10.8 mhl in 2017.
  • At 13.7 mhl, Australian wine production continued to grow in volume to return to levels from around 2005, in the context of a vineyard area that remains virtually unchanged. New Zealand’s production reached 2.9 mhl, close to the 2012–2016 five-year average (2.6 mhl).
The OIV reported that world wine consumption in 2017 was estimated at 2436 mhl, an increase of 1.8 mhl compared with 2016.


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