Wine industry jobs around the world may be at risk as wine production continued its downward trend.
With the exception of Argentina and Chile, the world area under vines has decreased steadily.
The International Organisation of Wine and Vine (OIV) confirmed that the global area under vines has decreased by 70 thousand hectares, mostly concentrated in Europe and the southern Hemisphere.
Federico Castellucci, director of the OIV, said: “In comparison to last year’s production, world wine production this year recorded a level 10.7 million hectolitres (-4%) lower.”
Wine production in the EU fell by around 6%, although there was a modest increase in the productions of Portugal, Bulgaria and Greece.