Over 8% increase in Greek wine production — Greek City Times

Greek wine production increased by more than 8% in 2021 compared to 2020, arguably the worst year of the COVID-19 pandemic.

Production increased by 8.13% in 2021, totaling 2,468,945 kilolitres, the National Agricultural Cooperative for Wine Products said in a report released on Tuesday.

This figure contrasts completely with the first estimate sent to the European Commission in September 2021 which predicted a 25.09% drop in wine production in the country.

More specifically, the production of wines without a geographical indication reached 1,627,959 kiloliters or 65.93% of total production, followed by wines with a protected geographical indication (415,886 kiloliters or 16.84% of total production) and varietal wines with 222,149 kiloliters or 8.9% of total production.

Wine tourism is a priority of the Ministry of Tourism, with the aim of attracting high-income tourists, extending the tourist season and creating unique and authentic experiences for visitors, said the Minister of Tourism. Vassilis Kikilias said earlier this month.

“We continue with even more intensity and creativity the effort to promote the production of fine Greek wines internationally and establish the Greek brand in wine tourism internationally,” he said. .

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Shirley M. Pinder