October 31, 2019 / 11:46 AM / 3 months ago

REFILE-Global wine output falls this year after bumper 2018

 (In 6th para, makes clear 2019 output was 26.7 mhl below 2018)
    PARIS, Oct 31 (Reuters) - Global wine production fell about
10% this year, with major producers France, Italy and Spain hit
the most by unfavourable weather conditions, according to a
leading international body. 
    In its first estimate for this year's wine production, the
International Organisation of Vine and Wine (OIV) said on
Thursday global output was 263 million hectolitres (mhl).
    But the news is not all bad for wine lovers: the fall, from
294 mhl in 2018, merely brought production back to around
average after exceptionally large output in 2018.
    France and Italy, the two largest producers in the European
Union, recorded 15% falls in production and Spain suffered a 24%
drop. Production in all three countries was below their
five-year average, the OIV said.
    "This can be explained mainly by aleatory weather
conditions, notably a very cold and rainy spring followed by an
extremely hot and dry summer," it said.     
    Production in the 28-nation EU -- which accounts for about
60% of global wine output -- was 156.0 mhl, or 26.7 mhl below
last year. France, Italy and Spain account for 80 percent of the
total EU output.
    There was better news for producers in the United States.
The OIV said a preliminary estimate put wine production down on
2018 by only 1% but added that the forecast could be reviewed in
the next few months.
    There were also falls in wine production in the southern
hemisphere, the OIV estimates showed, though output was overall
in line with the five-year average.
     Argentina and Chile, the two largest wine producers in
South America, recorded falls of 10% and 7% respectively. 
    Despite a drought that hit the grape harvest, production
rose 3% to 9.7 mhl in South Africa but that was after very poor
output last year. 
    OIV's global wine production estimates exclude juices and
musts and are based on information collected in 28 countries,
which represented 85% of the world production in 2018, it said.

 (Reporting by Sybille de La Hamaide, Editing by Timothy
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