Grape producers in the southern Brazilian state of Paraná are already working on harvesting the fruit. The activity extends from January to March, depending on the region and variety. The state is the sixth largest national producer of the fifth most produced fruit in the world.
A CNA study shows that the Southeast region accounts for 40% of vegetable production in Brazil. According to the Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO), of the United Nations, in 2019 Brazil was responsible for 1.4 million tons of grapes, which corresponds to 1.9% of world production, harvested in 73,700 hectares, according to the Brazilian Institute of Geography and Statistics (IBGE).
In 2020, Rio Grande do Sul led the national production, which extended to 19 units of the Federation, with 51.2% of the volume. RS is followed by Pernambuco (24.4%) and São Paulo (10.4%).
In sixth position, Paraná harvested 53,200 tons of grapes in 3,600 hectares in 2020, which represents 3.8% of Brazilian production. Between 2011 and last year, influenced by the repositioning of table viticulture in the country, Paraná had a reduction of 41.5% in planted area and 49.3% in harvested volumes.