Bordeaux, France Dec 19 Bordeaux wine output
should reach a seven-year top this year, the head of producers
group CIVB said on Monday, confirming that the region had
escaped severe weather hiccups that slashed output in many other
large producing regions in France.
"We are extremely pleased today about the 2016 harvest,
mainly for its quality but also for the yields, more generous,
which will bring us near a total output of 5.7 million
hectolitres of AOP wine, something we had not seen since 2009,"
CIVB Chairman Allan Sichel told reporters.
So-called AOP wines carry a protected designation of origin.
They amount to around 95 percent of all wine produced in the
The rise in output is good news for producers, still reeling
from a terrible year in 2013 when output fell to 3.84 millions
hectolitres, the lowest since 1991.
Bordeaux, where harvesting is over since end-October, is one
of the sole regions in France, along with Alsace, which saw its
output rise this year thanks to beneficial weather conditions.
In contrast, heavy spring rain, followed by a hot and dry
summer and wet conditions in September severely hurt vines and
output in many other regions including Champagne, Val-de-Loire
As of early November the farm ministry estimated the total
French wine output down 10 percent on year.
The fall in French output, combined with lower production in
South America, was expected to push worldwide wine production to
its lowest since 2012, wine body OIV estimated in October.
(Reporting by Claude Canellas, writing by Sybille de La
Hamaide; editing by John Irish)