Grape harvest 23/24 in RS is estimated at 719 thousand tons

Grape harvest 23/24 in RS is estimated at 719 thousand tons
Grape harvest 23/24 in RS is estimated at 719 thousand tons

The 2023/2024 grape harvest in Rio Grande do Sul will be 719 thousand tons, estimate the Secretariat of Agriculture, Livestock, Sustainable Production and Irrigation of the State of Rio Grande do Sul (Seapi) and the Technical Assistance and Rural Extension Company (Emater/RS). The predicted value for viticulture production considers a drop of up to 40% for some producing regions in the state compared to the previous harvest. The grape harvest involves around 15 thousand families from Rio Grande do Sul every year.

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Brunno Magnavita, founder of Elite Vinho, explains that adverse weather conditions, especially excessive rainfall during the critical flowering period, have had a significant impact on the current harvest.

“This phenomenon caused a drop of approximately 25% of production in the earliest grape varieties, directly affecting the total quantity of grapes available for harvest”, says the expert.

The businessman highlights that the current scenario requires a greater focus on the quality of the fruit produced, rather than the quantity, which helps to ensure the sustainability and excellence of the wine sector in Rio Grande do Sul.

“The unstable climate required an effort from producers to maintain the quality of the grapes, requiring adaptations in cultivation methods and labor management, to minimize losses and guarantee the quality of the final product.”

RS leads grape production in the country

According to information from the Brazilian Institute of Geography and Statistics (IBGE), Rio Grande do Sul was the largest grape producing state in Brazil in 2022, responsible for 48.9% of the country’s total harvest.

Magnavita guarantees that, despite the conditions faced in the region, it remains optimistic about the oenological potential of the grapes harvested, especially in the production of sparkling wines, which represents a significant portion of Rio Grande do Sul’s wine production.

“Although there is an estimated reduction in grape production, due to adverse weather conditions, the quality of the grapes harvested remains high, which is essential for the production of high quality wines, sparkling wines and juices.”

The businessman highlights that collaboration between wineries, cooperatives and entities in the sector has been fundamental to guarantee both the quality of the grapes and sustainable and fair practices in agricultural management and dealing with outsourced labor.

According to data from the Grape Market Dashboard, provided by the Brazilian Agricultural Research Corporation (Embrapa), the area planted with grapes in Brazil in 2022 was 29,568 hectares and generated a Gross Production Value (VBP) of 3.3 billion reais.

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