Wine exports hit all-time record
Spain has hit an all-time record in wine exports, at 2.71 billion euros.
Minister for Agriculture and Fisheries, Food and Environmental Affairs, Isabel García Tejerina said the figure for the year up to June 2017 would rise to 3.01 billion when taking into consideration grape juice, aromatised wines and vinegar, all with increased average prices per litre.
The figures were revealed during the inaugratioin of the new Ramón Bilbao winery in Rueda (Valla-dolid).
The minister stressed that wine forms part of a strategic sector for Spain, which has the most extensive surface area of vines in the world (960,000 hectares), with quality wine production headed up by the 131 denominations of origin and protected geographical indications. With these figures, Spain stands as the leading exporter in the world in terms of volume.
The minister also explained that, according to the figures from the MAPAMA Food Consumption Panel, per capita consumption in households rose in 2016 by 2.4% in number of litres, and 7.8% in total expense. Furthermore, the global turnover of wine exported grew by 2.8% over 12 months to March 2017. In Castile and Leon, the first half of 2017 was excellent, with a 20.8% increase in the volume of exports and 14.5% in value.