Tuesday, 10 April 2018

Which country is the world's biggest wine exporter?

Which country exports more wine than any other? 

The surprise answer is not France, as most of you would have guessed, but Spain.

Spain retained its place at the top of the wine pyramid for global exports ahead of Italy and France having exported 22.8 million hectolitres of wine in 2017, Euronews reported.

It remains significantly ahead of its nearest export rival – Italy ­– which exported 21 million hectolitres of wine last year.

France lagged behind in third place with 15 million hectolitres exported, but led the way in value terms, with export sales worth €9 billion last year.

Italy came second to France last year for value exports, with value sales of €6 billion, while Spain lagged behind in third place with just €2.8 billion in value sales.

Spain’s average price per litre of wine currently stands at €1.25, while French wine commands €6 per litre and Italian wine €2.78.

Spain’s low wine prices put the country behind Australia and Chile in value terms, with only South Africa selling its wine for less, at an average of €1.23 per litre.

“It is true that we are relatively far from France and Italy in value terms and this is fundamentally due to the greater experience the French and Italians have in the international markets compared to the Spanish market,” said Rafael del Rey, general manager of the Spanish Wine Market Observatory. 

Spain remains reliant on bulk wine production, with over half of its total production last year – 12.6 million hectolitres – sold as bulk wine.

A remarkable 90% of Spanish exports went to five European countries: France, Germany, Britain, 

If Spain wants to improve its value sales then it needs to reduce its production of bulk wine and promote its premium wines.


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