Early reports from the EU Commission for the 2015 harvest, estimate that Italy has surpassed France to become the world’s largest wine producer in 2015.
According to the EU Commission’s data, Italy’s total wine output in 2015 is estimated to be 48.9 million hectolitres (up 13 per cent on the previous year), 5 per cent more than second placed France with an estimated wine output of 46.6 million hectolitres.
Adverse weather conditions have caused a one per cent decrease in French production.
Despite a five per cent decrease in estimated wine output, Spain is set to retain its third place with 36.6 million hectolitres of wine output.
In Italy wine production plays an important role in the country’s economy. In fact, considering only the total wine sales, this sector generates an annual turnover of almost €9.5 billion.
In Italy, it is estimated that 45 per cent of total wine output will be used to make 332 DOC wine varieties (Denomination of Origin) and 73 DOCG wine varieties (Denomination of Controlled and Guaranteed Origin), the highest wine classification in Italy.
Nearly 30 per cent of total wine output will be used to make 118 ITG wines varieties (Protected Geographical Indication), the remaining percentage will be used to make VdT wine (Table Wine).
This increase in Italian wine output has also had a positive effect on wine exports. According to Coldiretti, in the first five months of 2015 Italian wine exports increased by six per cent.
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