World wine output dropped in 2016, with volumes in France and Argentina seeing the largest declines, an international wine body said Tuesday.
Bad weather in many regions was behind the 3.2% fall in global production to 267 million hectolitres (mhl) from 276 million in 2015, the
International Organisation of Vine and Wine (OIV) said at a news conference in Paris.
France, the world’s second-biggest wine producer after Italy, lost 3.5 mhl in output volume and Argentina, the world’s number nine, 3.9 mhl.
In percentage terms, the biggest losers were Brazil, where production fell 55%, and Hungary, where it dropped by 38%.
Latin American production was hurt by the El Nino weather phenomenon and excessive humidity, OIV director general Jean-Marie Aurand said.
Meanwhile, drought cut South Africa’s production by 6%.
The word’s total wine-growing surface remained stable at 7.5 million hectares, the OIV said.
China added to the total size of its vineyards, while wine-growing surfaces declined in Turkey and Portugal.
Italy, France, Spain, China and Turkey together make up more than half of the world’s total vineyard size.
The world’s wine drinkers guzzled a total of 242 mhl last year, a slight increase from 2015 but still well below levels seen before the financial crisis cut consumption.