Recently, the Ispettorato Centrale Qualit e Repressione Frodi (ICQRF), the central quality inspection and anti-fraud agency of the Italian Ministry of Agriculture, released its latest report "Cantina Italia" (Italian Wine Inventory), which takes stock of the current wine inventory within Italy.
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The report shows that the total stock of domestic wine in Italy as of November 30, 2020 is 49.7 million hectoliters, an increase of 2.5% compared to 2019. In addition, there are 13.1 million hectoliters of new wine still in the fermentation process, up 2.8% from 2019, and 11.6 million hectoliters of grape juice, down 5,8% from 2019. The data for the "Cantina Italia Wine Inventory" report comes from the Telematic Wine Register system, which records inventory data for 17,000 wineries in Italy and a total of approximately 30 million transactions per year.
The report further shows that half of the wine inventory comes from wines at the appellation d'appellation (DOC) and guaranteed appellation (DOCG) levels, i.e. the DOP level. 26.8% comes from wines at the protected origin (IGP) level. Regionally, the Veneto region leads with 24.6% of the national inventory, followed by Emilia Romagna (13.5% of total inventory), Tuscany (10.4%), Puglia (9.6%) and Piedmont (8.4%).
In terms of appellation, the largest inventory is the Prosecco DOC appellation in the Veneto region, with 3.4 million hectoliters in stock, an increase of 8.9% compared to 2019. Other appellations with large inventories include the Puglia IGT (1.6 million hectoliters), Toscana IGT (1.4 million hectoliters), Terre Siciliane IGT (1.3 million hectoliters) and Delle Venezie DOC. （AOC Delle Venezie (1.3 million hectoliters in stock). In summary, the top 20 appellations together account for 56.8% of Italy's total wine inventory.