The export of Italian wine is € 4.7 billion worth

In 2012 the turnover linked to exports of Italian wines has been growing. In the past year ISTAT (Italian National Statistics Institute) data show revenues amounting to 4.7 billion euro, an increase by 6.5% compared to 2011, despite a significant reduction in export volumes. National borders were in fact passed by little more than 21 million hectolitres of wine, 8.8% less than in 2011, due to high unit prices and lower availability of product. In particular, cask wines are suffering reduction in the quantities placed on the foreign market (-20.9%) compared to values increasing by 10.8%. The decrease of the cross-border sales of bottled wines is limited to -2% while, in turn, they have marked an increase by 5% in monetary terms. Despite the setback, Italy confirms its global leadership for exported quantities, closely followed by Spain, which in 2012 sent abroad about 19 and a half million hectolitres (-14% on an annual basis).

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