Posts Tagged ‘Europe’

 

 

Undersupply replaced a decade-long era of oversupply with autumn 2012’s harvest and the inevitable prices hikes will hurt the entry-level market. Meanwhile global demand continues to rise.

TWEETS OF the “OMG! We’re going to run out of wine!” variety greeted reports in the autumn of 2012 that grape harvests in the Northern Hemisphere had widely fulfilled predictions of shortfalls across a sweep of major wine-producing regions. This compounded earlier Southern Hemisphere shortfalls at a time when global consumption is growing. Without question, the headline figures made for sobering reading, especially after a decade or more of oversupply being the norm.

As 2012 European harvest volumes were confirmed, the International Organisation of Vine and Wine (OIV) estimated that total global output had fallen from 264.2 million hectolitres in 2011 to 248.4m hl in 2012, representing the lowest level since 1975, when the body began tracking these figures.

 

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The Mediterranean may one day no longer be suitable for wine production

Vino connoisseurs, take note: Your next fine wine might come from Yellowstone or Canada. Climate change is quickly making it harder for some of the most famous wine-making regions in the Mediterranean to produce grapes, according to a new study published Monday.
Nearly three quarters of the world’s wine-producing regions might become unsuitable for grape production by 2050, according to the study, published in Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences.

“Climate change has the potential to drive changes in viticulture that will impact Mediterranean ecosystems and to threaten native habitats in areas of expanding suitability,” the study suggests.

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Planting Rights “Not My Priority” Says Commissioner

Europe’s agriculture chief steps back from the thorny issue of vineyard planting.

The European Commissioner for Agriculture, Dacian Ciolos, has announced he no longer wants to deal with the controversial question of planting rights in Europe. Instead, he is handing over responsibility for the issue to member states and the European Parliament.

In a report submitted to the commission last Friday, a high-level group of experts concluded that maintaining a system of planting rights was an “absolute necessity” for the European Union. The conclusion was a slap in the face for the commission, which had recommended the complete liberalization of vine growing in the 2008 European Wine Reform.

The experts received further support on the issue of maintaining planting rights on Wednesday. At a meeting of European ministers of agriculture, “the majority of states” backed their stand, an insider revealed.
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A wet spring and a hot, dry summer lowered grape quantities across the Italian peninsula and kept winegrowers working hard

Italian Wine Harvest 2012.

Italian Wine Harvest 2012.

Harvest. For winemakers, no other word is loaded with so much potential and anticipation. After a long growing season of endless work in the vineyards, harvest means pencils down, time’s up. And no matter how hard you have labored all year, at the end of the day, nature usually has the last word.

In the fourth of five 2012 vintage reports, winemakers across the Italian boot are reporting a promising vintage after a year of hard work. A wet spring in many regions lowered yields by as much as 40 percent. A long, hot summer put vines under drought stress, which meant growers had to be careful to protect the fruit and let it hang long enough to ripen. As for final quality in the bottle—it’s too early to know. But here’s a sneak peek.
• The Northeast
• Piedmont
• Southern & Central Italy
• Tuscany

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From the Iberian Peninsula to Germany, wine growers faced low quantities of grapes and a lot of work in the vineyards.

Europe's bad 2012 Wine Harvest

Europe’s bad 2012 Wine Harvest

Harvest. For winemakers, no other word is loaded with so much potential and anticipation. After a long growing season of endless work in the vineyards, harvest means pencils down, time’s up. And no matter how hard you have labored all year, at the end of the day, nature usually has the last word.

In the last of five 2012 vintage reports, vignerons in key European wine regions are reporting low yields. In Germany, wet weather created constant work in the vineyards. In Austria, Spain and Portugal, drought was the main factor, reducing the crop and challenging growers to nurture ripe, balanced fruit. Quality looks good, quantity not so much. As for final quality in the bottle—it’s too early to know. But here’s a sneak peek.
• Austria
• Germany
• Portugal
• Spain

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