Today, COPA-COGECA secretary-general Pekka Pesonen met the press with winegrower Yves Coste to give a provisional point of view of the organisation about 2013 grapes harvest.
New Copa-Cogeca estimates released show a good European wine harvest this year up 15.2% on last year’s levels but production was delayed 2 weeks on average as a result of the extreme weather conditions.
Speaking at the press conference, Copa-Cogeca Wine Working Party Chairman Thierry Coste said “Production has recovered significantly this year and quality is good after the little harvest last year, though stocks are tight. Prices are also stable and it looks to be a good season. The EU lost some markets last year because of the small volumes which now have to be regained “.
He continued: “But production was delayed in most countries, apart from Greece where weather conditions were excellent and quality very good. In Spain, 30% of the harvest has still not yet been harvested though estimates are good and the quality is fine. In Hungary, production is much better this year and harvest will end this week. Also in Portugal, harvest is not yet finished but production is up on last year’s levels. Harvest was also late in Poland, Austria, Germany but production is quite stable. In Italy, production was up but still below the five year average and harvest has been delayed. In France, a small harvest was seen this year”.
Wrapping up, Copa-Cogeca Secretary-General Pekka Pesonen said “Despite the good prospects, we still need to be cautious. The balance in the market is partly a result of the effects of restructuring and grubbing-up in previous years. We need to monitor production closely to avoid future crises. Concerning trade, the US market is the first destination for our wine exports. It will be crucial that in the context of the free trade negotiations between the EU and US, talks focus on market access and non-tariff barriers and also solve pending issues from the 2006 agreement on wine, namely the protection of our Geographical Indications and traditional terms”.