Harvest 2013: the final numbers from Assoenologi indicate a production between 47 and 48 million hl of wine, up 15% over 2012

25/11/2013 Excellent harvest for whites, some uncertainties about reds harvested at the beginning of October

The 2013 harvest is starting to take on a clearer picture. At least according to the final data released from Assoenologi, the Association of Italian Enologists and Wine Technicians, which, now that the harvest has come to a close everywhere, shows a total production between 47 and 48 million hl of wine indicating an increase of 15% over the 2012 harvest, one of the scarcest in recent years. Interesting quality, says the association, excellent for white wines, while there still needs to be some clarification regarding the reds harvested at the rainy beginning of October. Based on the initial evaluations of the production at the end of August by Assoenologi, there are differences in quantity and quality given that the production in many areas was abundant while in others scarce.

If the estimates prove to be correct, then Italy should once again be the top producer in the world according to Assenologi. Even if producing more does not count much, given that the most important thing is to sell and sell well. A positive thing could be in contrast to Spain which, if the numbers are confirmed, will produce between 46 million hl (Spanish Wine Market Observatory) and 48 (Associazione delle cooperative agroalimentari spagnole) million hl of wine, mostly white, up 38% from the average over the last five-year period, with increases of over 50% over 2012 in some regions. The notable increase is not only due to positive weather and climactic conditions but also to the entry in full production of over 100,000 hectares of “restructured” vineyards.
The latest data elaborated by the statistics branch of the French Ministry of Agriculture say that our cousins beyond the Alps will produce around 44.5 million hl or 7% more than the 2012 production (41.1 million hl) and 2% less than the 2008-2012 average. The quality seems rather varied.

The maturation, different than in recent years, was gradual, distributed over time and not concentrated like in 2011 and 2012. This allowed for an accumulation of important substances like the aromas in white whines and phenolics in reds, increasing the typical qualities which primarily represent the territory with accentuated hints even among the different terroirs. The quality is certainly excellent for white wines. There are still some uncertainties regarding some red wines produced from the grapes harvested in the first part of October.