Record figures for wine exports in the world in 2021 but modest production

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At the end of April, the International Organization of Vine and Wine (OIV) presented the 2021 figures for wine production, surface area, wine consumption and more in the world. Here are some essential facts.

The world’s vineyard surface in 2021 is estimated to be 7.3 million hectares, only marginally lower than in 2020. It should be noted, however, that this figure includes all vineyards, even those that are not used for wine production. If you only want vineyards used for wine, you must deduct around 1 million hectares.

World wine production is estimated at 260 million hectolitres in 2021, a slight decrease of almost 3 million hl (-1%) compared to 2020. This is better than what the initial estimates showed. Some of the major European wine countries, France in particular, had a tiny harvest in 2021 due to bad weather, while the southern hemisphere could enjoy large volumes.

World wine consumption in 2021 is estimated at 236 million hl, an increase of 2 million hl (+ 0.7%) compared to 2020.

Wine exports in 2021 were the largest ever registered, 111.6 million hectolitres, an increase of 4% from 2020. The increase in value is even more significant. In volume, Spain exported the most, but in terms of value, France is the leader. All major exporting countries increased in 2021 except Australia, which was affected by high Chinese tariffs.

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The numbers have changed quite a bit since the release of the preliminary statistics in November last year (read this article).

"Shipping all over the world", sign on a wine shop in Bordeaux
"Shipping all over the world", sign on a wine shop in Bordeaux, copyright BKWine Photography
Road over the Andes between Chile and Argentina much used for road transport with lorry
Road over the Andes between Chile and Argentina much used for road transport with lorry, copyright BKWine Photography
Sunset in Sicily with fishing boat
Sunset in Sicily with fishing boat, copyright BKWine Photography

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