Beverage & Wine

Italian wine production on top of the world in 2016

Italy's wine production has overtaken France's with 50 million hectolitres, while export gets a 3% bump setting an all-time record of €5,2 billion

Made in Italy wine production has achieved the global leadership in 2016 with about 50 million hectolitres, while export gets a 3% bump setting an all-time record of 5,2 billion. According to a Coldiretti survey, wine is the principal source of Italian food export. The primacy is mainly due to the production growth in Veneto, which is confirmed as the leading wine-producing Italian region, but also in Emilia-Romagna, Lombardy and Piedmont. Limited output instead in Trentino-Alto Adige, Sicily and Puglia. Made in Italy wine production in 2016 comes for 40% from 332 Registered designation of origin (Doc) wines and 73 Registered and guaranteed designation of origin (Docg) wines, for 30% from 118 Igt (Typical geographical indication) wines and for the remaining 30% from table wines.

WINE EXPORT – Surprisingly, Italian wine export has been very successful also in countries like France (+5%), USA (+3%), Australia (+14%) and Spain (+1%), which are some of the largest wine producers in the world. In the country of Champagne, Italian sparkling wine “Spumante” has shown an outstanding double digits growth: +57%. In the USA, Chianti, Brunello di Montalcino, Pinot Grigio, Barolo and Prosecco are particularly popular. Prosecco is appreciated also in Germany, just like Amarone della Valpolicella and Collio. Coldiretti President Roberto Moncalvo states that Italian wine’s growth is due to the investment on its typical features and on the attention to the quality. All this let it achieve the leadership in the world, where one exported wine bottle in five is Made in Italy. Italian wine sector generates turnover of about 10 billion Euro and it provides employment opportunities to 1,3 million people. The 2016 vintage involved 650,000 vineyard hectares (480,000 of which Docg, Doc and Igt), and more than 200,000 winegrowers.