World wine production fell by more than 10% in 2019 after the highest-volume year in a decade in 2018. Every major wine producer was lower in volume in 2019 compared to 2018, with Italy and France off by 15% and Spain by almost 25%. Portugal (10%), Russia (9%), and South Africa (2%) were the only countries that could point to an increase over 2018. Nevertheless, because 2018 was an anomalous year, it was not as bad as it sounds. Compared to the previous 5-year average, world production was down by just a little over 3% and Italy’s 2019 volume was about 4% lower. Chile has seen the most growth among the major producers over the past 5 years, while China has declined sharply as a greater emphasis on quality has taken a lot of production off the market.
(Volume in thousands of hectoliters; e.g., global production is around 260 million hl)
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Note: 2019 data are preliminary and are likely to change in future reports.
Source: OIV, April 2020