Nov 06: For the third consecutive year the global production level is expected to be below average in 2021 with the production volume expected at a level similar to 2017, according to the customary Power Point Presentation by Paul Roca, Director General of OIV at the online Conference organised at the Paris Headquarters of the world body yesterday where he gave the first estimates of 2021word wine consumption
Here are the Highlights of the Presentation by Pau Roca:
- Low production volume anticipated in the EU, especially in Italy, Spain, and France, which together lost about 22 mhL (million hecto litres) as compared with 2020 due late spring frost and overall unfavourable climatic conditions.
- The only large EU wine producing countries that recorded bigger harvests than 2020 are Germany, Portugal, Romania and Hungary.
- First harvest forecasts in the USA indicate production volumes slightly above those of 2020.
- Very positive year for Southern Hemisphere vineyards where relatively favourable climatic conditions lead to record high production levels in countries of South America, South Africa and Australia, with New Zealand being the only exception.
- 2021 world -wine production (excluding juices and musts) is estimated between 247.1 and 253.5 mhl, with a mid-range estimate at 250.3 mhl- only slightly above the historically small production of 2017.
- The Southern Hemisphere and the USA seem to be exceptions in this overall negative scenario and tend to balance the fall of volume seen in the EU.
- Data on the grape harvest in China is not available yet. But the production is likely to continue to shrink-a phenomenon that started in 2016 due to structural reasons.
Global consumption is expected to rise but due to enough inventory and buffer stocks, there is no shortage expected, says Roca. He was also optimistic about the climate situation in the world as OIV is working with various countries and world bodies to help winemakers adapt to the changing scenario. ‘We have a lot of tools with us as help,’ he said.
The OIV is the intergovernmental organisation of a scientific and technical nature of recognised competence for its work concerning vines, wine, wine-based beverages, table grapes, raisins and other vine-based products.
It comprises of 48 Member States including India which has however insignificant production of wine though it is one of the top ten grape producers in the world.
For details, please visit OIV website.
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