Top 5 -yesterday
- Canadian grower adds space to indoor strawberry farm
- Egyptian sweet potato season has become more challenging every year
- Taking a peek at the 2022-2023 Peruvian grape season
- Potato growers ask McCain Foods for 78% price increase
- "This is the first year in which we will no longer sell a single kilo of seeded grapes"
Top 5 -last week
Top 5 -last month
- Schoeman Boerdery extends a hand to a hundred rural communities
- No workforce means that fruit remains on trees
- “Japanese market is very demanding when it comes to fruit quality”
- “Citrus from South Africa, Egypt, Morocco and Argentina are highly sought after in Baltic”
- Fate of South African oranges en route to Europe discussed at highest political levels
Italian grape cultivation:
Puglia and Sicily biggest producing regions
In 2012, Italy garnered 1.08 million tons of grapes. That is 9% less than the previous year and 25% less than in 2006. The bulk of the production was destined for direct consumption and a smaller portion for processing. The south of the country yielded the largest production, a volume of 1.06 million tons was harvested in 2012, more than 98% of total production. Puglia garnered 650,000 tons (60% of the total), 21.7% less than in 2011 and 38.8% less than in 2006. Puglia and Sicily produce 93.8% of the total Italian production.
Acreage decline 35% in six years
From 2006 to 2012, the Italian grape acreage declined. In 2006 the total cultivated area amounted to 72,450 hectares. In 2012, that figure was 53,885 hectares, a difference of more than 18,000 hectares in six years and a 35% decline. The largest region is Puglia, with an acreage of 32,450 hectares in 2012. In that year, the acreage in Sicily was 16,225 hectares.
Grape cultivation in Puglia
In Puglia, about 35,000 hectares are dedicated to the production of grapes. 14,000 hectares in the province of Bari, 5,000 hectares in the province of BAT and 1,000 hectares in the province of Foggia.
Over 40% of production in Puglia involves the Italia variety. This grape has a unique Muscat aroma and is part of the region’s history. In the past twenty years, the seedless grape has grown in popularity and thus the share of Puglia has fallen sharply. Especially in Germany, sales of these grapes have decreased. Still, there are new opportunities for the Italia grape in Eastern Europe. Nevertheless, Italy will make new investments in seedless grapes.
Grape cultivation in Sicily
In Sicily, 16,500 hectares is dedicated to grapes. 7,500 hectares in Catania and Ragusa, and about 9,000 hectares in the provinces of Agrigento and Caltanissetta. The most widely grown variety is Italia and both areas have the PGI (protected designation of origin). In the region Mazzarrone, early varieties such as Vittoria and Blackmagic are grown in greenhouses. These are available from May. In Mazzarona in the acreage of Italia grapes is 4,000 hectares. Then comes Vittoria with 1,700 hectares, 1,300 for Red Globe and 500 for Sugraone and other seedless varieties. The Italia variety is also very popular in Canicattì and is grown on an acreage of 6,500 hectares. The limestone soil is perfect for this variety and gives it the correct yellow colour that is so popular in some European countries. 2,000 hectares is dedicated to Red Globe. Other varieties, including the seedless, have an acreage of 500 hectares.
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