Early frost, heavy rainfall, and drought have significantly impacted the output of the world vineyard, international body says
Global wine production has fallen this year to its lowest level since 1961 as vineyards were pummelled by extreme weather events, the International Organisation of Vine and Wine (OIV) has said.
Output reached 244.1 million hectolitres, down seven percent from 2022, the intergovernmental body said as it presented its first estimates.
“Once again, extreme climatic conditions – such as early frost, heavy rainfall, and drought – have significantly impacted the output of the world vineyard,” said the organisation, which provides data to grape and wine producing and consuming countries.
A number of major producers in the southern hemisphere had significant drops in production. Australia, Argentina, Chile, South Africa and Brazil all saw output drop between 10 and 30%.
Italy lost the title of top world producer as its output fell 12%, allowing France to reclaim first place as its production held steady.