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ITALIAN WINES: 2010 A VERY GOOD VINTAGE

 

Italian wines

2010 harvest has started in Italy with a great forecast: it will be a very good year for quality and quantity with a production increase estimated of 2.5% (+4.3% in the North and +0.3% in the South). The estimates come from the Confagricoltura´s (Italian Confederation of Farmers) “Wine Observatory” that monitors 700 of the most prestigious Italian wine companies. The total production is estimated in 46.5 million hectolitres, which is within the average values of the last ten years.

The regions expecting the highest increase in quantity are Piedmont (+10%) and Umbria (+15%). Excellent vintage for the wines of Trentino Alto Adige (quantity remains the same), Emilia Romagna (+2.14% in quantity) good to excellent in Tuscany (+0.2% volume), Lombardy (+2.5%) and Friuli Venezia Giulia (+5%). Good to excellent vintages in southern Italy: Puglia (+3.5%); Sicily (less 2.75%). In Sardinia good, but with a sharp drop in production (-10%), good vintages in Campania and Calabria (+13% for each region).


Vintages in Italy (estimates from Confagricoltura)

Year
Thousands of hectoliters
2000
54.088
2001
52.293
2002
44.604
2003
44.096
2004
53.135
2005
50.566
2006
49.631
2007
42.588
2008
46.247
2009
45.422
2010
46.553
 
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