The Organisation Internationale de le Vigne et du Vin (OIV) has just released their report on global production and consumption and since I am sucker for statistics I thought I would share the summary of it all.
Global acreage The EU has lost 82,000 acres in 2008 (vs 2007) mainly from France (half of that number). The world is seeing also a reduction in acreage by about 70,000 acres total. New Zealand and Russia are the “growth poles” in 2008. Global acreage stands at 19.6 million acres
Wine Production: The EU has lost about 2.1 Million Hl in 2008 (vs 2007) but the picture is mixed with France and Spain losing big volume while Romania is gaining. EU production stands at 161 MioHl. In the remaining of the world, the USA lost some volume (-0.7 MioHl) and Australia recovered from a serious crop failure in 2007. The world overall was pretty flat to slightly up (+ 1MioHl) at 269.4 MioHl.
Yield in 2008: Thought it would be fun to divide the estimated global production (269.4 MioHl) by the estimated vine area (7.861 Mioh) and get about 34.2 Hl/ha or 2.15 tons/acre. Pretty low I thought.
Global wine consumption: EU was down again (2.2 MioHl) at 125.8 MioHl. That does not compare well to the 2008 production at 161.6 MioHl – whao 35.8 MioHl surplus in 2008 for Europa… The reverse is seen in the US with a small domestic production (19.2 MioHL) relative to the now #1 worldwide consumption (27.2 MioHl). Guess why everyone is fighting over the US market… Overall world consumption has been eroding and now stands at about 242.9 MioHl (which is about 27 MioHl surplus worldwide). Most countries see erosion in wine consumption except the Netherlands, Sweden, the USA, Australia and the Czech republic (what is going on in the Czech republic?).
There is a section about global wine export showing EU losing share, South America and Oceania eating their lunch. The last two charts show the average price for red and white in the EU and White is ahead!!! Well deserved…