Vintage 2022: Average Volumes

World wine production in 2022 is again expected to be slightly below average, with differences between the individual winegrowing zones and countries. The International Organisation of Vine and Wine (OIV) forecasts global production of between 257.5 and 262.3m. hl of wine and must in 2022. There will be regional differences in harvest volumes, but the market surplus will remain (see HERE). Vincent Messmer reports.

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Europe is the heart of global viticulture. The EU alone accounts for 60% of world wine production (Photo: Maksim Shebeko/stock.adobe.com)
Europe is the heart of global viticulture. The EU alone accounts for 60% of world wine production (Photo: Maksim Shebeko/stock.adobe.com)

The average value of 259.9 mill. hl is about 1% below the previous year's quantity. However, the OIV points out that no information is yet available from China and Russia.

In the EU, the production volume is expected to be average, with Italy, France, Romania and Germany, among others, reporting higher harvest volumes than last year. In contrast, Spain, Greece and Portugal have harvested rather low volumes.

In the USA, a slightly lower harvest volume than in 2021 has been reported; 23.1 mill. hl are expected. This would be 4% below the previous year and 6% below the 5-year average, the second lowest volume in the last five years.

Harvest worldwide
Harvest worldwide

After the record year of 2021, the wine-growing countries in the southern hemisphere produced average quantities overall this time, with almost all countries producing less than in the previous year - except for New Zealand, where after a poor harvest in the previous year, this time the largest production quantity ever (3.8 mill. hl, 44% above the previous year) came onto the market. Overall, the southern hemisphere is responsible for about 21% of world wine production in 2022.

 

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