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2016 World wine production down 3%, US up 10%, global consumption holds steady

Global wine production declined 3.2 % in 2016, down to 7 billion gallons (267 million hectolitres – mhl) from 7.3 billion in 2015 according to an International Organisation of Vine and Wine (OIV)) news conference today in Paris.


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United States was among the winners with a 10% increase:

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Wine consumption stood at 6.4 billion gallons in 2016, roughly the same as 2015.

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According to the OIV, “the size of the global area under vines remained at 18.5 million acres in 2016, with China’s vineyard surface area continuing to increase (+43K acres confirming its place as the country with the 2nd biggest vineyard surface area.”

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It is not yet known if the China acreage is flawed — as in years past by the inclusion of table grape vineyards.

The data is still coming out of the news conference in Paris where it is still mid-afternoon as this Wine Industry Insight article was being written.

France, was the biggest loser in production. As the world’s second-biggest wine producer its output volume dropped to 92 million gallons in output volume. Argentina, the world’s number nine producer lost, 103 million gallons.

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In percentage terms, the biggest losers were Brazil, where production fell 55%, and Hungary, where it dropped by 38%. Drought cut South Africa’s production by 6%.