The International Organisation of Vine & Wine (OIV) estimate that 2023 wine production will be 7% lower than the below-average volume of 2022, and it says, the lowest output since 1961. Does this tally with what we at Ciatti are hearing, and what should we make of it?
The 2023 wine harvest across Europe amounts to about 150m hectolitres, approximately 5.5% below the five-year average. Countries in Eastern Europe, especially those hit by severe weather, are reporting significant losses.
October has arrived but the Northern Hemisphere harvest picture still lacks clarity due to a patchy performance in Europe and a lag in California’s growing season by up to four weeks. What have we been hearing?
The CIVB has declared a good 2023 vintage, despite the harvest beginning early, in mid-August. White and red grape varieties have benefited from the climatic and weather conditions, although the yield remains uncertain.