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The Italian wine market, thanks to the easing of measures to combat the pandemic and the resumption of catering, seems to be running again, after a year and a half of great suffering. The sentiment of Italian wine shops, recorded by WineNews, the export data for the first quarter of 2021, which tell of a recovery compared to the same period of 2020 (a start of momentum before the stop imposed by the pandemic) and numbers in line with 2019 , but also the data on bottling and state bands that we have collected among the Consortia of some of the most important denominations in Italy say so. Different parameters, obviously, also depending on the disciplinary and market dynamics of the different wines, but which indicate an important restart of orders.
With some territories declaring the best numbers ever.
The total bottled of the 13 denominations protected by Consorzio Barbera d’Asti e Vini del Monferrato, chaired by Filippo Mobrici, records an increase of 5% in the first 5 months of 2021 (on the same period of 2020). The highest number in the last four years, underlines the Consortium led by Mobrici, which recorded increases of 1.4% for Barbera d’Asti, the pillar of the territory, and even + 32.5% for Nizza, the top quality of the Barbera system. But things are also going well in the Langhe, where the complex of bottling, until May, has grown by + 19.7%, according to data from the Consortium of Barolo, Barbaresco, Alba, Langhe and Dogliani, led by Matteo Ascheri. With peaks of + 27% for Barolo, + 28% for Barbaresco and 26% for Langhe Nebbiolo. Valpolicella also flies, which, overall, is + 18%, in bottling, compared to the same period last year (and + 14% on 2019). With the peak of + 38% for Amarone, the best figure in a decade, underlines the Consorzio Vini Valpolicella chaired by Christian Marchesini.
Among the great reds, the Brunello di Montalcino: according to the data of the Consortium led by Fabrizio Bindocci, the state bands delivered to the producers are a + 49% in the first 5 months of 2021 compared to 2020 (but also at the average of the last three years, with a peak of + 91% in May over May). The good too Chianti Classico, with the Consortium that sees Giovanni Manetti at the top registering the + 31%, in terms of cable ties delivered. The trend of Bolgheri, the bottlings of which, reports the Consortium led by Albiera Antinori, are growing by + 2.2%. Positive situation also for the largest appellation in Tuscany, the Chianti, with the Consortium led by Giovanni Busi who registered a sales growth of + 9% (data referred to the first 4 months of 2021 on 2020, ed).
Among the great Italian denominations with a Rossist traction, the balance of the Doc Sicily, which, in the data of the Consorzio Doc Sicilia, led by Antonio Rallo, sees an increase in the bottling of + 6%. A growth in line with that in the numbers of South Tyrolean Wine Consortium, led by Andreas Kofler, who talk about growing bottlings of the + 6.4%.
But positive data also arrive from some of the most important purely white denominations of Italy: in Soave bottling, in the first 5 months of 2021, grew by + 12%, according to the Consortium chaired by Sandro Gini, while those of Verdicchio of the Castles of Jesi, communicates theMarchigiano Institute for the Protection of Wines led by Alberto Mazzoni, mark the + 7%. Very good too Collio, the white pearl of Friuli Venezia Giulia, which closes the first 5 months of 2021 with growing bottlings by + 15%, and the Lugana, with the Consortium led by Ettore Nicoletto declaring an increase in the bottling of + 18.8% (in the first 4 months of 2021 to 2020).
On the front of the bubbles, the Prosecco locomotive runs. The clamps of the Conegliano Valdobbiadene Prosecco Superiore Docg, say the data of the Consortium led by Innocente Nardi, mark the + 5.2%, while those of Prosecco Doc, explains the Consortium chaired by Stefano Zanette, record a higher growth around + 18%, also thanks to the success of the new rosé type.
While among the great Classic Methods, the + 48% in sales (in the first 4 months) reported by the Franciacorta Consortium, led by Silvano Brescianini. Signs of a restart of the wine market that seems to be taking on more and more substance, month by month, looking at a summer that was already very positive in 2020, and hoping that the upcoming one really marks the final exit from the pandemic tunnel.

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