2023 harvest in Italy: estimated drop of between -20% and -24% over 2022

2023 harvest in Italy: estimated drop of between -20% and -24% over 2022

Correction of harvest forecasts: 2023 production will be significantly lower than the official forecast of 12 September 2023.
Instead of the initially estimated 43.9 million hectolitres, the joint surveys of the Unione Italiana Vini (UIV), the association of oenologists Assoenologi and Ismea, the institute of services for the agri-food market, forecast a production of between 38 and 40 million hectolitres at the end of November. This represents a loss of 20-24% compared to 2022 and one of the poorest harvests in the last 10 years.

This is a ‘net’ estimate, without the products purchased in other EU countries.
According to the new figures, Veneto, the region with the largest production, will not do a plus 5 per cent, but a minus 10 per cent. For Piedmont, only a decrease of 2 per cent was reported, but now the figure is 17 per cent. In central and southern Italy, the production drops are dramatic. According to the new estimates, Abruzzo lost 60 per cent, Sicily 45 per cent and both Apulia and Tuscany suffered losses of 30 per cent. UIV & Co. claim that the average drop will be 9.5% in the north, 29.5% in central Italy and 38.2% in the south.

According to the three institutes, the greatest loss is due to the heat in September, when temperatures often exceeded 30 degrees, and the high incidence of diseases in the vineyard.
The heat and lack of water reduced the weight of the grapes and diseases such as downy mildew and powdery mildew damaged the bunches.