Apr 21, 2021

2020, a year of resilience in the global viticulture, by OIV

Speaking from the OIV’s Headquarters in Paris, by web conference, Director General Pau Roca presented on 20 April, information on wine production, consumption and international trade in 2020.
2020, the year of the Covid-19 crisis: drops wine consumption volume by 3%, wine production slightly below average for the second consecutive year. Latest data on China highlight the end of its wine sector’s rapid growth. However, new opportunities arise.
2020 Key figures for the wine sector

The surface area of the world vineyard in 2020 is estimated at 7.3 mha, stable since 2017.

World wine production, excluding juices and musts, in 2020 is estimated at 260 mhl (+1% / 2019), a level slightly below average for the second consecutive year.

World wine consumption in 2020 is estimated at 234 mhl, marking a 3% decrease compared to 2019 and reaching the lowest recorded level of consumption since 2002.

In 2020 the world wine export market has contracted slightly in volume reaching 105.8 mhl (-1.7% /2019), but has seen a relatively sizeable fall in value, with 29.6 bnEUR (-6.7% /2019).

First estimates of wine production in the Southern Hemisphere indicate high expected volumes for 2021 for the majority of countries, with the exception of Argentina.

Significant downward data revisions in vineyard surface area, wine production and consumption in China, together with the sharp decline in wine imports, signal the probable end of the rapid growth trend that started 20 years ago.

 

The impact of Covid-19 on the wine sector: main trends observed

Heterogeneous consumption behaviours in 2020 across countries depending on factors such as national consumption habits (weight of wine over total alcoholic beverages, weight of Horeca channel, etc.), length and strictness of lockdown measures and associated policies such as sales bans, and the weight of tourism in national wine consumption.

 

Distribution channel shift

The full or partial closure of the Horeca channel has caused a fall in sales in value, and to a lesser extent in volume, only partially compensated by the increase in wine sales via e-commerce and large retailers.

 

Volume vs value

Premium wine suffered the most from the closure of restaurants and tasting rooms, while large producers that owned the off-premise channel with large partner wholesalers performed well.

With the exception of Prosecco, sparkling wine is the category of wines that suffered the most in 2020. Contrarily, bag-in-box wine sales have experienced a sharp increase in sales although overall volumes remain low.

Shifts in global trade patterns due to the combination of the expected decrease in global demand due to Covid-19 crisis and the imposition of new trade barriers (US retaliatory tariffs, China tariffs on Australian wine, Brexit).

 

A moment of new opportunities

On his final intervention, the OIV Director General reminded that for wine producers there has been and will continue to be a need to adapt to the diversification of markets and distribution channels. The Director General stressed that this situation added difficulties to an already complex system, and only those who incorporate continuous adaptive behaviour will stand up.

“The sector is highly concentrated, and therefore risky. This shows us that diversification is necessary, starting with consumption”, said. Among other objectives, the OIV is working to make wine a more universal consumer product. “Asia, as a growing consumer continent, is one of the main challenges for the wine world”, considered Pau Roca.

Download the full report: OIV State of the viticulture 2020

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