Global wine production fell by three per cent last year, although China continued to expand its vineyard surface area, it has been revealed.
According to the latest report from the International Organisation of Vine and Wine (OIV), China now has the second biggest vineyard surface area in the world, with the global space taken up by vines remaining stable at 7.5 mha in 2016.
Spain still boasts the largest vineyard surface area, although it remains third in terms of the volume of wine it produces. In terms of the volume produced, Italy is top of the list, followed by France.
While Europe still reported relatively strong wine production in 2016, countries such as Argentina, Chile, Brazil and South Africa experienced significant falls as a result of unfavourable weather during the year, the organisation added.
However, it appears this drop in production may not last for too long, with the OIV noting that early predictions for 2017 look positive given that production in the southern hemisphere has generally been higher or the same as last year so far in 2017.
That means more producers may be ordering wine filters this year to help them boost production after the 2016 dip.
According to the OIV, while there was a slight fall (1.2 per cent) in the volume of wine traded around the world, the value of the products sold increased by two per cent last year.
Of course, anyone in the wine industry knows that the provenance of the vintages on your table are important. Now one company has developed an app to help Italian winemakers introduce greater transparency to the process.
The Coin Telegraph reported on the development of the Blockchain app, which will allow consumers to verify the authenticity of Italian wines using their mobile phones.
A digital QR code that can be scanned by the smartphone app will appear on the bottles and will then provide consumers with information about the wine producer, covering everything from the cultivation process through to the production and processing of the finished bottle of wine.
The aim is to help tackle the issue of ‘fake’ Italian and other wines bringing down the prices of quality products.
Falanghina Wine, which is produced by Cantina Volpone, is the first tracked and certified product to make use of the app.
Digital and innovation consultant at Volpone Winery Gerardo Gabriele Volpone explained that the way this technology works means that it is now impossible for anyone else to register a product on the system using the Volpone name.
The news provider pointed out that there is also demand among consumers for this level of detail on a wine’s origins, with over 70 per cent saying they would be happy to pay a higher price if transparency and provenance could be guaranteed. What’s more, 74 per cent stated that searching for traceability information on a wine affects their purchasing decision.
In addition, nine out of ten consumers said they wanted to know more about Italian wines and the criteria used to certify different products.