Wine market in Italy- Statistics & Facts

Wine, an alcoholic beverage produced by fermenting grapes, is a staple commodity in Italy and Italian culture. In fact it suits several convivial and social occasions, as a traditional Italian aperitif, as an ideal accompaniment to meat or fish-based meals, for fairs and other special events such as cruises, or simply for socializing with friends and acquaintances. A wide range of wines exist to suit all tastes and ages. Yet, commonly consumed wines are typically red or white wine, and sparkling semi-sparkling or still.

The global wine production market is dominated by Italy, and followed by the other traditional wine producing countries of France and Spain. The total cultivated area for the harvest of grapes for wine in Italy amounted to roughly 622 thousand hectares as of 2016. In addition, the production of organic wines is widespread. In fact, the area designated to organic viticulture is quite extensive and peaks in regions such as Sicily and Apulia.

Given its nature as a wine producing country, Italy is also a major exporter of wine, especially when looking at regional supplier data, where Veneto, Piedmont and Tuscany occupy the first three positions. In addition, in 2015, the leading destination countries of Italian wine exports were the United States, Germany and the United Kingdom.

Additionally, certified wine production is an important segment of the Italian wine industry. Two main certifications exist: Protected Designation of Origin (PDO) and Protected Geographical Indication (PGI), which count 405 and 118 products as of 2016. On a regional level, Piedmont, Tuscany and Veneto count the greatest number of PDO and PGI wine products.

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