The 2013 vintage is estimated at 8.49 million hectoliters (224 million gallons) from 9.08 million hectoliters in 2012, Statistisches Bundesamt wrote in an online report today, down from an October forecast for little-changed production.
After a 1 percent decline in shipments to 27 million cases in 2012, Italian wine is expected to be back in positive growth territory in the U.S. market by year-end, with volume estimated to rise 3 percent - 5 percent.
A recent article in Newsweek bemoaned that Italians, particularly younger Italians, are drinking less wine today than they did five years ago. Fifty years ago, they consumed about twice as much annually. All this, even though no country makes more wine than Italy (which exports a great deal of it, especially to the United States).
Philippe Guigal has described this year's fruit from the northern Rhône as "astonishing" in quality, in sharp contrast to reports of a problematic vintage in the southern part of the valley and elsewhere in France.