Italy, Spain provide half of German wine imports

13th November 2007, Comments 0 comments

13 November 2007, Wiesbaden - Between them, Italy and Spain provide more than half the imported wine drunk in Germany, but both are entrenched at the bottom of the market, statisticians said Monday.

13 November 2007

Wiesbaden - Between them, Italy and Spain provide more than half the imported wine drunk in Germany, but both are entrenched at the bottom of the market, statisticians said Monday.

Both predominantly sell wines that cost the German importer less than 1.10 euros (1.60 dollars) per litre, according to the Federal Statistics Office in Wiesbaden. Last year German imports rose to 1.22 billion litres from 1.19 billion litres a year before.

Prestigious French wine achieved a much higher 1.84 euros average than the quaffing reds and whites from Italy and Spain. The average price per litre for wine imports into Germany was 1.23 euros.

German vintners were slowly building a business as quality exporters, selling German wines abroad for an average 1.96 euros per litre, but Germany is still very much a net importer.

Its total exports rose 8 per cent to 297 million litres. In a sign that the drive for quality from the less sunny north of Europe was bearing fruit, the German export price rose to 1.83 euros per litre.

German wine - typically whites such as Riesling from the Moselle and Rhine valleys - goes mainly to countries like Britain, the Netherlands, Sweden and Russia which have a long tradition of drinking hock.

DPA

Subject: German news

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