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Wine Spectator: World Wine Crop Drops Dramatically

November 12, 2021

Few French winegrowers will remember 2021 fondly. This year France recorded its smallest wine grape harvest since 1957. And it was just one of many nations that produced less wine this year thanks to challenges across much of Europe that included late-spring frost, hail, drought, vine disease, and wildfire.

Speaking from Paris last week about the wine world’s 2021 crop, Pau Rocca, the general director of the International Organization of Vine and Wine (OIV), delivered a mixed bag of news. In addition to France’s no-good, very bad year, the crops in Spain and Italy both dipped 9%. “The year 2021 proved to be very unfortunate for the three largest wine-producing countries in the E.U.—Italy, Spain, and France, which account for 45% of the world’s production,” said Rocca. Global wine production was below average for the third year in a row.

On the plus side, the Southern Hemisphere enjoyed a bumper harvest, and other regions did just fine. And winegrowers around the globe do not see price increases coming. They’ll simply need to be more creative with distribution. Wine Spectator has a full report.—Suzanne Mustacich

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