Italy’s grape harvest is set to decrease by approximately 14% compared to the previous year due to extreme weather conditions. This drop in production will place Italy in second place among global wine producers by volume, with France taking the lead. Italy experienced a challenging year with heatwaves, droughts, floods, hail, wildfires, and windstorms affecting wine production. The harvest is expected to yield around 43.9 million hectoliters, and while this marks a decline in quantity, experts believe the quality of Italian wine remains high. The reduction in production with an emphasis on improving quality has been a deliberate strategy in recent years. Despite losing the top spot in wine production volume, Italy remains focused on enhancing wine quality.
Source – CGTN