Giovedì, 20 Settembre 2018

Exports of Italy's sparkling wines growing in Europe, Asia


(ANSA) - Rome, October 8 - Italy's sparking wines are
growing in popularity outside the country, as exports have grown
by 6.6% in volume and 9.2% in value, the industry says.
Sales of Italian bubbly within Europe grew by 7%, although
the value slipped 2%, in the first half of this year compared
with the same time last year, says the Economic Observatory of
Strongest demand is coming from Asia, which has already
claimed two million more bottles of Italian bubbly than in the
same period in 2011, according to the organization.
"The Italian government must pay more attention to the
economic assets of the country and wine, like good food, are
certainly among them," said Giampietro Comolli, who heads the
Sales to Asia rose by 11% in volume and 20% in value, with
Prosecco, Asti, and Valdobbiadene wines comprising almost 96% of
sales in the first half.
Consumption has risen by 8% in the former Soviet Union
states, while Canada and the United States are also buying more
sparkling Italian wines.
Last year, Italian wineries sold 4.2 billion euros in wine,
including 1.2 billion euros of sparkling wines.
Exports are especially important at present because
domestic demand is slipping in recession-riddled Italy.
Domestic shipments have declined by 10.1% in the first half
of the year, while consumption is down 6.9%.

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