Caused by climate change with early frost, heavy rains, but also drought, which severely affected global and Greek wine production
Wine production also registered a “plunge” with wine producers’ forecasts being ominous for the future.
The reason is climate change with early frost, heavy rains, but also the drought, which hit the world and Greek production hard, which is also affected by the lack of workers in the harvest, as well as the high production costs.
According to the World Organization of Vine and Wine (OIV), the world decreased by 7%, i.e. by 244.1 million hectoliters. It is noted that one hectoliter corresponds to approximately 133 bottles.
For 2023, the OIV predicts for Greece a vertical reduction in production by 45%, to just 1.1 hectoliters from 2.1 million in 2022.
The decrease is mainly attributed to the heavy rains that occurred in our country during last spring which caused diseases such as powdery mildew, as well as high temperatures combined with drought in the summer months, strongly affecting the vines.
Australia, Argentina, Chile, South Africa and Brazil had a significant reduction in production from 10 to 30%. Italy was dethroned from the first place in the world ranking and France returned to the top with its production stable. However, French wine producers also face climate change and low demand for wine, which, however, as estimated by OIV experts, is likely to balance the market.