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Asti Docg: -11.8% of bottles produced in 2023, Rosé version on the way

Harvest, production, export: Asti Docg archives a complicated 2023 for Italian wines also for the Piedmontese denomination, queen of aromatic bubbles. This was revealed by the Asti Consortium with a focus on the fundamentals of the DOCG, with the number of bottles produced recording a -11.8% on 2022 while exports are expected to grow by 5%, and the future plans, starting from the state of progress of the Asti Spumante Rosé project.

Asti Docg: Bottled 2023 down, exports up 5.2%

The Asti Docg bids farewell to 2023 by exceeding 90 million bottles produced (-11.8% on 2022), with the bottled Asti Spumante reaching the ceiling of 61 million pieces while the Moscato d’Asti stops just below 30 million (29.3 to be precise).

The Piedmontese denomination, although recording a drop in volume compared to last year, nevertheless confirms itself in balance with values in line with the production average of the last ten years (interval 2014 – 2023).

Asti Spumante is growing by almost 6% compared to the average of the last decade (57.5 million bottles), while Moscato d’Asti is suffering from a partly physiological decline (-12.6%) which pays an excess of stock after the exploit of the three-year period 2020 – 2022, a record for the type.

On the international front, the export of Asti Spumante exceeds the threshold of 138 million euros in the first 10 months of 2023, up by 5.2% compared to the same period of 2022.

The main outlet area – according to the calculations of the Asti Docg Consortium on the basis of Istat – is confirmed as Eastern Europe which represents, in value, over 40% of total exports (with Russia and Latvia alone occupying over a quarter of overall market) followed by Western Europe which accounts for 30% and North America just under 15%.

Closing the export risk are Asia and Australia with an incidence of just over 5% and South America with 3.3%.

2023 vs. 2019: not just a Rosé version on the way for the Asti Docg

From pre-Covid (2019) to today, the value exports of Asti Spumante in the world have increased by over 33%, moving increasingly to the East and to the Old Continent with Eastern Europe growing by 63% in the first ten months of 2023 , almost double compared to the overall growth in the same period of 2019.

Among the main increases, those of Russia and Latvia (the latter hub towards Moscow), +43%, and Poland, +100%.

Green light also for Western Europe, which recorded an increase of 32% thanks above all to the significant performances of the United Kingdom (+76%), Belgium (+142%) and Austria (+97%).

Exploit of South America which reports growth of approximately 44% where Mexico (+54.5%) and Peru (+93%) outperform; North America also remains in positive territory (+1.5%) despite the decline recorded by the United States (-8%), one of the consolidated markets for the Denomination.

However, the Asian and Australian areas are contracting, dropping by more than 14%, with a significant decrease in one of the reference markets such as Japan: -16%.

How the 2023 Moscato harvest went

Over 838 thousand quintals of Moscato Bianco grapes will be harvested in 2023, for a production potential of 83 million bottles. Added to these are the almost eight thousand quintals destined for the production of Canelli Docg – its first harvest last year – for a potential equivalent of 785 thousand 0.75 liter bottles. This is the final balance of the 2023 harvest of the Asti Docg, according to the calculations of the homonymous protection consortium on a Sian basis.

And if from a qualitative point of view the grapes are in excellent phytosanitary status, on the quantitative front there was a decrease of 10.8% compared to 2022.

Asti Docg: -11.8% of bottles produced in 2023, Asti Spumante Rosé version on the way. How the 2023 Moscato harvest went.

A reduction in the harvest, that of 2023, due to a complex year from a meteorological point of view characterized by periods of extreme heat and prolonged drought alternating with adverse phenomena such as hailstorms in July and August which affected, albeit marginally, the Piedmontese denomination. These were also followed by a September summer with above average sun and heat which had a positive influence on the quality of the grapes but contributed to a lightening of the fruit on the vine.

Asti Spumante Rosé coming soon

“The project is ongoing, because it has to face a fundamental double step: the first is bureaucratic, with the approval of the Wine Committee; the second concerns the technical-production aspect for which we have already started an experiment”. Thus the president of the Asti Docg Consortium, Lorenzo Barbero, comments on the body’s proposal to add the rosé version to Asti Spumante.

“It would be – added Barbero – a product that combines two aromatic vines – a unique one of its kind in Italy – thanks to the Moscato Bianco and the red Brachetto”.

The arrival of an Asti Spumante Rosé is therefore increasingly expected.