Mercoledì, 26 Settembre 2018
ROME

Excellent year expected for Italian wine, says Coldiretti

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Rome, August 22 - Italian wine production is
expected to rise and to be of "good quality" thanks to
favourable weather conditions this year, the Italian farming
association Coldiretti revealed on Thursday.
The group foresees the production of 42 million hectolitres
for 2013, up 3% over last year.
Harvest has begun in the northern Italian Oltrepo' Pavese
and Franciacorta areas - Lombardy's zones for prestigious white
and sparkling wines.
"The coming weeks will be decisive, but after years (of
extreme weather) normality has returned," a Coldiretti statement
said.
"The weather has favoured an excellent maturation of the
grapes," the group explained, adding that benefits for white
wine production should slightly surpass red.
Coldiretti said 331 Italian wines - or 40% of the total -
will receive the DOC or the more selective DOCG quality
designations.
Thirty percent will be given the lower IGT denomination,
while 30% will be labeled table-wine.
Italy's 250,000 wine companies generate a turnover of nine
billion euros and employ 1.2 million people.
Coldiretti added that Italy will be the world's second wine
producer this year after France, which is expected to make 46
million hectolitres.
More than half of Italian wine will be destined for export,
as wine consumption in Italy shrunk to a historic low of 22.6
million hectolitres in 2012.

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