Report: Global Wine Production Will Decline 5% In 2016

Production of wine across the globe will slip 5% in 2016 as compared with last year. This according to a forecast report released today by The International Organisation of Vine and Wine (OIV) of Paris, France.

The OIV findings point towards “climatic events” as the cause for worldwide wine production in 2016 totaling only an estimated 259 millions of hectoliters (mlh) — one of the lowest amounts in 20 years.

These negative events in weather patterns and growing conditions, possibly caused by global warming, will hit the southern hemisphere especially hard. Argentina is expected to experience a 35% decline in wine production volume compared with 2015, while Chile’s industry will be down 21%.

Rising wine country South Africa will slip 19% in total volume according to OIV forecasts.

The top two wine-producing countries are also heading for declines, the OIV believes. Projections have Italy leading the world with 48.8 mlh, down 2% from 2015. France is in second with 41.9 mlh, a loss of 12% in volume.

America is expected to finish fourth in volume (after Spain in third) with 22.5 mph — a 2% gain.

Elsewhere, OIV has Portugal headed for a 20% decline while Romania and New Zealand are projected for gains: 37% and 34%, respectively.

Previously released scientific reports about the affect of global warming on winemaking argued that for each increase in degree Centigrade (1.8 degrees Fahrenheit) of warming, grape harvests are pushed forward about six or seven days.

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Charts courtesy of a press release from The International Organisation of Vine and Wine.

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