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February 27, 2021
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Smaller grape harvest, quality could be exceptional

The National Vineyard and Wine Employers Association (PNVV) estimates for 2014 a 25 per cent drop in the grape harvest compared to 2012, because of rains and hail, a fact that will also influence the total production of wine, however the quality of wine could be “exceptional” if warm weather continues to be registered in the following period too.
“We have an atypical year. 2014 is a year whose production is 25 per cent smaller compared to 2012. On the other hand, the quality of wine in 2014 could be high provided warm weather continues to be registered for a longer period,” PNVV Director General Ovidiu Gheorghe stated on Thursday at a press conference. “The warm weather of this gentle autumn, but also the important temperature differences between daytime and nighttime are helping the grapes and the aromas develop. There is the chance, if this beautiful autumn continues, to have a wine that exceeds expectations. For the time being it’s speculation because we don’t know how this autumn will be, but I hope it will be an exceptional year quality-wise,” Gheorghe added.
Statistics show that 2013 was a record year from the point of view of the production of grapes and wine. While PNVV was estimating last September a wine production of over 4 million hectoliters, at least 20 per cent higher than in 2012, the Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development posted on its website a wine production of 5.11 million hectoliters.
According to National Statistics Institute (INS) data, the grape production stood at 950,000 tons in 2013, up by 27 per cent year-on-year, and at 746,000 tons in 2012.

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