Mind-boggling numbers that project Veneto to the top of the ranking of Italian wine regions. The export of Veneto wine at the end of 2022 could touch 2.8 billion euros. All the numbers of the sector presented today in Lonigo (Vi) on the occasion of the now "historic" year-end focus promoted by the Veneto Region, Veneto Agriculture and Avepa.

The 2022 harvest in Veneto produced over 15 million quintals of grapes ( 15,041,859 ), mostly DOC (72.05%), DOCG (10.54%) and IGT (14.52), confirming the high specialization achieved by Venetian producers. Given the persistent drought that had accompanied the various phenological stages of the vine and due to the spread of flavescence dorée, the experts had predicted a slight reduction in production. Instead, thanks to the rainfall that occurred after mid-August, there was a recovery in production in the vineyards, so much so that at the end of the harvest 7.44% of grapes were harvested compared to 2021. As a consequence, production of wine grew compared to the previous year, reaching 12,599,841 million hectoliters (against 11,746,774). In the meantime, the vineyard area in the Veneto has broken through the 100,000 mark ( 101,165 hectares ).

"These are important numbers - underlined the regional councilor for agriculture, Federico Caner - which place Veneto at the top of the Italian wine regions. In particular, considering the wine produced, our Region with its 12.6 million hectoliters confirmed as the leading region in Italy, ahead of Puglia (10.6 million hl), Emilia-Romagna (7.4 million hl) and Sicily (4.3 million hl).The wine sector therefore represents one of the driving forces of the Veneto economy, even if there are problems: let's think of flavescence dorée, the risks deriving from drought and critical issues that the Veneto Region is monitoring and addressing with support initiatives, not only economic, for producers".

This is the framework that frames the Veneto wine sector , which this morning was placed in the spotlight in Lonigo (Vi) , at the Collis Wine Group Cellar, on the occasion of the third and last focus of the Veneto 2022 Wine Triptych , an event in three acts (June: phytosanitary state of the vineyard; August: harvest forecasts; December: final harvest balance) promoted by the Veneto Region, Veneto Agriculture and Avepa.

Let's look at some other data in more detail, remembering that the slides presented today in Lonigo by the speakers, including all the numbers of the 2022 harvest divided by province, production area and grape variety, are available at the following link: https://www.venetoagricoltura .org/evento/summary-harvest-2022/.

When it comes to vineyards, grapes and wine , in Veneto we must necessarily start with the provinces of Treviso and Verona , which have always had the lion's share. These are two of the most important "wine-growing systems" in the world, with Prosecco, Amarone and Valpolicella at the forefront. Suffice it to say that of the 101,000 hectares of vineyards in the Veneto region, 43,417 are found in the Marca and 30,289 in the Verona area ; followed by Venice (10,523), Vicenza (8,197), Padua (8,168), Belluno (285) and Rovigo (284). In Treviso the white berried vineyards obviously prevail (88%), namely Glera (Prosecco), while in Verona the white berried grapes "stop" at 53%. At the regional level, black berried grapes barely reach 26%.

The ranking of vineyards based on grape variety sees the Glera vine in first place (36,713), followed by Pinot Grigio (15,987), Garganega (8,779), Corvina (6,984), Merlot (5,990), Chardonnay (5,478) and so on all the others away.

In Veneto, there are 27,513 active wineries with an average surface area of 3.6 hectares .

Turning to wine export data, in the third quarter of 2022 (latest data available), Italy has a turnover of around 5.8 billion euros , with an increase of 12.2% compared to the same period of the previous year , an increase due to the growth of the average price, given the stability of the quantities. However, these numbers should not deceive, given that for the main destination markets of Italian wine , in volume of bottled still wine, there is a -3% towards the United States, -4% towards Germany, which is also associated with a -6% on the item "sparkling wines". Therefore, removing the inflationary effect, which is pumping up prices, the growth of exports is decidedly dampened. In this context, the Veneto is always at the top of the ranking of the major exporters of wine in Italy, with a share of 36% of the national total . Our Region, with approximately 2.08 billion euros (consolidated figure at the end of the 3rd quarter of 2022), shows higher growth than the national one, given that it records an increase of 16.6% compared to the third quarter of 2021.