Italy’s wine production in million hectolitres in the year 2018. Italy is the world’s number one wine producer in terms of volume, ahead of both France (2016: 46.4 million hectolitres) and Spain (2016: 40.9 millions hectolitres).
At the regional level, Puglia ranks first, producing 8.8 million hectolitres in 2016. Tuscany took second place with 2.7 million hectolitres, while Trentin Haut Adige rounds out the podium with its 1.1 million hectolitres produced. Tuscany varietals Maremma and Bolgheri represent a mere 74,000 hectolitres—roughly 6.7% of regional production—Tuscany is in fact a major Chianti producer.
Millions of hectolitres of Italian wine exports worldwide in 2017. That same year, Canada imported 79,300,000 litres—some 100 million bottles, and close to 40% of those bottles were sold in Quebec!
Italy, in colours
Red and rosé: 45%
Red and rosé: 53%
Red and rosé: 85%
Red and rosé: 32%
Amount of Italian wine that is DOP (Protected Designation of Origin / Appellation d’origine protégée). Some 27% of Italian wine is IGP (Protected Geographical Designation / Indication géographique protégée) and 23% falls outside of the above two categorizations.
Italy’s Top Ten Cépages
From the above list, two cépages have experienced radical growth since 2000: Pinot grigio (+532% from 2000 to 2015) and Glera, the cépage used for Prosecco (+298%). Prosecco and Pinot Grigio are the major drivers of Italy’s global wine growth. During the same above-mentioned period (2000-2015), both Chardonnay and Primitivo production also doubled.
Maremme and Bolgheri
Red: Cabernet Sauvignon, Cabernet Franc, Merlot, Sangiovese, Syrah, Petit Verdot
White: Vermentino, Sauvignon Blanc, Trebbiano, Chardonnay, Viognier
Red: Primitivo, Negroamaro, Nero di Troia
White: Fiano, Bombino Bianco, Malvasia Blanca, Verdeca
Red: Schiava, Lagrein, Teroldego, Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot
White: Pinot Gris, Pinot Blanc, Chardonnay, Sauvignon Blanc, Riesling.