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French Ministry of Agriculture: Wine production is to rise in 2018


http://www.wine-world.com | Text/ Silan Sixin

Data released to the media by the French Ministry of Agriculture shows that wine production is expected to increase by 27% in 2018 compared to 2017 and exceed the average production in the past five years.


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The statistics department of the French Ministry of Agriculture predicted at the end of the past August that the total production of French wine in 2018 was to reach 4.61 billion liters. Today, they re-predicted this figure to be 4.67 billion liters, which means that production in 2018 will increase by 6% compared with the average of the past five years. Audrey Laurent, who is in charge of research on international wine market in the Ministry of Agriculture, said that even if the year of 2017, which was severely affected by the frost disaster, is not included, the annual output of 2018 will also increase by 4% compared with the average of the five years from 2012 to 2016. She said: “the prediction is based on the abundant sunshine, and effects of Mildew and drought are also taken into account. So the year of 2018 will witness a high yield of French wine on the whole.

In major wine regions in France, the production of Champagne and Burgundy-Beaujolais is expected to be impressive, with an increase of 39% and 20% respectively when compared with the average of the past five years. Production of Languedoc-Roussillon and Corsica is expected to fall by 2% and 5% respectively. According to Didier Josso, the representative of the Ministry of Agriculture, the production reduction in these areas is caused by the Mildew.

In Bordeaux, production is expected to reach historically normal levels and is 9% higher than the average of the past five years despite attack of hail and Mildew in some wineries. Affected by the year of 2017, the wine storage capacity of wineries in Bordeaux has been significantly reduced, even reaching the lowest level after World War II.

French Ministry of Agriculture: Wine production is to rise in 2018 




In general, a total of 4.78 billion liters of French wine is expected to be launched into the market in 2018, down 11% year-on-year. The wine storage capacity has decreased by nearly 70% since a large amount of storage wine was consumed in 2017. It is also the storage wine that supports the export of French wines from August 2017 to July 2018, which reached 1.468 billion liters, up 1.6% year-on-year; and when it come to the export volume, it reached a record EURO 9.35 billion (RMB about 74.6 billion), up 6.3% year-on-year. It is expected that the wine storage capacity is to rise soon, thanks to the high yields of some production areas this year.