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30/07/2010 - 2010 grape harvest fell by 1.6% in the RS

 Ibravin released figures during the 11th Gaucho Viticulture Meeting in Nova Pádua, estimating a harvest of 525.7 million kilos of grapes, while last season it amounted to 534.5 million / kg. A new feature is the introduction of new grape producing cities and the record destination of over 50% of the common grape for the production of juice.

The latest grape harvest in Rio Grande do Sul – which accounts for about 90% of the Brazilian production of wines - ended with a fall of 1.6% compared to last year. The information was provided on Thursday (17) during the 11th Gaucho Viticulture Meeting, which was attended by approximately 800 people in Nova Pádua (RS).

The coordinator of the Interstate Commission of Grape, Olir Schiavenin, and organizer of the event, cited a survey carried out by the Brazilian Wine Institute (Ibravin), which shows a harvest of 525.7 million kilos of grapes in the 2010 harvest in the Gaucho vineyards. The last crop totaled 534.5 million / kg. "The smaller quantity of grapes and therefore wine, may help to balance the sector, which today still has high inventory levels," he said.

According to him, the production of wine this harvest should reach 200 million liters. Last year, there was a production of 234 million liters. “By the end of 2010 we might have the lowest stock of wine in recent years," said Schiavenin. "This will be good for the producer, because everybody knows that the law of supply and demand governs the prices of all products, including grapes," he Said.

The chairman of the decision-making body of Ibravin, Julius Fante, commented that grapes for sparkling wine did not suffer from adverse weather, but in loss of productivity. "We'll have sparkling wines made this season with even higher quality than in previous years," he predicted. The greatest loss happened in wine grapes (46 million / kg), a fall of 36.5%. American or hybrid grapes (479.7 million / kg), in higher volume, had their production increased by 3.8% this harvest. "We had an increase in the cultivation area in the state, with new producing municipalities and regions, especially of American and hybrid grapes," says Fante.

More than 50% of the common grapes - a historical record - were intended for the production of grape juice. "This market has grown 40% a year," Fante said, explaining the preference of the producers for American or hybrid varieties, particularly Bordeaux and Isabel. Last year, 45% of the common grapes were used for the production of juice. The historical average was around 30%. The 11th Gaucho Viticulture Meeting featured speakers with a technical profile who addressed the technological innovations for the production management to ensure greater sustainability and profitability for producers. In the afternoon, participants were divided into groups for technical visits to wineries and vineyards in the region.
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