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Italy: the 2023 harvest confirms itself as the “lightest” since 1947

The 2023 harvest was the lightest since the post-war period in Italy. This was certified by the official data sent by the Ministry of Agriculture, Food Sovereignty and Forestry to DG Agri which sees last year’s Italian wine production stopped at 38.3 million hectolitres, with a 23.2% drop in volumes 2022. This figure is in line with the previous revision of the estimates of the end of November by the Assoenologi Observatory, Ismea and the Italian Wine Union (Uiv). The contraction, unprecedented since 1947, was determined in particular by the attacks of Peronospora, a fungal disease caused by frequent rains which affected many vineyards, especially in the Centre-South. The September summer, on the one hand further lightened the product, on the other had a positive influence on the quality of the grapes.

“In the Made in Italy production panorama – specifies the Assoenologi Observatory, Ismea and Uiv in commenting on the note -, PDO wines account for almost 52%, while PGIs represent 25% of the product”.

Italy: the 2023 harvest confirms itself as the "lightest" since 1947. A confirmation of the alarm launched with the revised estimates.

Confirmation of the alarm launched at the end of the year with the revised estimates for the 2023 harvest in Italy

Already last November, the Assoenologi, Ismea and Uiv Observatory had alerted to the need to review the first estimates which spoke of -12% in production over the past 12 months. Everything needs to be redone after the first evaluation. It was the fault of the September heat, which had in fact radically changed the cards on the table, causing values to plummet to -24% for Italian wine. Today the confirmation of what was already essentially announced at the end of the year, where it was specified that the definitive result would be within a range between 38 and 40 million hectoliters of Italian wine production for 2023.

The decline in production involved the entire country, determined in particular by the reduction in the harvest in the main production regions of the North, starting from Veneto (-10%) and Piedmont (-17%), but with estimates that have been significantly revised in a worsening sense. also for the big wine companies in the other Italian macro-areas: Tuscany (-30%), Puglia (-30%), Abruzzo (-60%) and Sicily (-45%).