Coldiretti reports big drop in Italian wine production

Nov 07, 2021 437

Italian farmers' association Coldiretti has said the nation's wine output is forecast to fall significantly this year, with extreme-weather events linked to the climate crisis having a massive impact on the sector. It said Italy is set to remain the world's biggest wine producer this year with an output of 44.5 million hectolitres, despite a forecast 9% drop in production with respect to 2020 and to the average for the last five years.

"The multiplication of extreme climate events are putting harvests at risk with increasing frequency," Coldiretti said. "(Global) warming has changed Made in Italy wine. "Over the last 30 years the alcohol content has increased by a percentage point. "The increase in the average temperature has also increasingly frequently determined an early harvest, which is often a month before its traditional time in September.

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