Global wine production rebounded to a five-year high in 2018 from a historic low last year, the International Organisation of Vine and Wine (OIV) said on Friday.
Output rose 12.4% to 282 million hectolitres - one of the largest volumes of the century - from 251 million hectolitres in 2017, when bad weather in Europe weighed on production.
This year's European output, excluding juice and musts, rose 19% to an estimated 168 million hectolitres. Production rose 14% to 48.5 million hectolitres in Italy and 27% to 46.45 million hectolitres in France, respectively the top- and second-ranked global producers.
Production by the United States rose 2% to 23.9 million hectolitres in 2018, a third consecutive bumper year that confirmed its fourth position in the global ranking, OIV said.
A hectolitre amounts to 100 litres, or the equivalent of 133 standard wine bottles.