OIV’s annual report “Worldwide Situation of the Viticultural Sector” shows that in 2011 world vineyards reached a total area surface (including areas not yet in production or harvested) of 7,585 mha, a 1% drop compared to 2010 that suggests a decline during the last ten years amounting to 262 mha.
Whereas, global grape production recovered from the 2009-2010 stall and peaked at 692 Mqx, a ten-year high, despite the decline of the global surface under vines.
Confidence in wine
“Despite the economic turmoil that brought some difficulties to the viticultural sector, consumers have regained confidence in vine and wine products, allowing for some optimism”, maintained OIV’s Director, Federico Castellucci.
Asia is one of the continents that moves on the expansion of vineyards, which reached more than a fifth of the total surface in 2011 (21.9%). This phenomenon is driven mainly by China, whose vineyards almost doubled in the last decade (+89%).
Unites States and Southern Hemisphere vineyards account roughly for another quintile of the total surface (20.9%), with New Zealand almost tripling its surface between 2000 and 2011 (from 14 to 37 mha).
“This fact can be explained by an upwards trend in yields, particularly favorable climate conditions and continued improvements in viticultural techniques” highlighted the report.