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Italy had to struggle with extreme weather events in 2021: late frost, hail and temperatures above 40 °C led to nine percent less harvest than in the previous year. Tuscany was particularly hard hit, with a 25 percent loss, and Chianti in particular, with up to 35 percent. Prices will rise significantly there, Raffaella Usai has researched.

According to the International Organisation of Vine and Wine (OIV), Italy produced more wine in 2021 than all other countries and, with an estimated 44.5 million hectolitres, is quite a bit ahead of Spain (35 million hl) and France (34.2 million hl). However, in Italy, too, less wine flowed into the cellars than in 2020. Especially in Tuscany, Lombardy, Emilia Romagna and Abruzzo, the winegrowers complain of high losses. Only Campania, Calabria and Sicily recorded a slight increase, see table.