It’s been a turbulent year of weather in France: April frost destroyed in Champagne 14% of the vineyard, sometimes 80% in Mennetou-Salon in Loire Valley, Mildew in Alsace or hailstorms in Chablis Burgundy. Winemarkers had to be attentive and selective.
According to OIV, with 41.9 million hectoliters, French production in 2016 is nevertheless among the lowest crops in the last 30 years and close to that of 2012.
Comments on Bordeaux, forecast a 2016 vintage outstanding! Rhone Valley and Provence were two areas without damages, and their wines are promising.
Italy is set to confirm its leadership position as the top wine producer in the world, with 48,5 millions of Hectoliters ahead of France and Spain.
In northwestern Italy they’ve experienced some heavy rain and some bad hailstorms in Barolo country, but the damage to vineyards was limited and will more likely result in smaller yields than in a mediocre vintage. The summer months have been very good to Barolo growers.
Wines from Tuscany (Axel Heinz likens this year to 2006 and 2008, and was pleased with Cabernet Franc’s quality), Emila-Romagna, Lombardia among others, are expected to have a very good crop and to produce top wines this year, more aromatic and deeper in color. Vermentino from Liguria and Grechetto should be part of these top wines.
According to OIV appraisal, Spain should be the 3rd global wine producer this year, with 37,8 Millions of Hectoliters. In general this year, Spain produced less but with better quality.
The 2016 vintage has been marked by the extremely dry weather conditions in many regions around Spain. The main consequence was a longer development within good health for grapes.
The quality for Spain should be good, especially for Rioja, Rias Baixas y Ribera del Duero where wines seems to be really good. There is only Grenache in Navarra whose quality seems to be irregular.