Loire exports hit double-digit growth
Exports for Loire white, red, rosé and sparkling wines to the UK grew by 11% in volume for the year 2012, and the region has also seen a significant growth in value.
According to a recent study from InterLoire, the official body representing wine professionals from the Nantes, Anjou, Saumur and Touraine wine regions, sparkling wines, hit the high note with growth of 9% in volume and an increase of 20% in value.
In 2012 Loire white wines were the most exported with an increase in volume of 14% compared to 2011, while red and rosé wines increased by 1% and sparkling wines by 9%. Values were also up for whites (12%) but reds were slightly down in value by 2%.
The UK is the Loire’s top export market representing 81,545 hectolitres of wine exported and equating to 19% of total export volume.
Total world exports for the region were also up by 11% in volume and value year-on-year for the same period.
The Loire Valley Wine Trade Fair, held in February in Angers (France), saw an increase of 20% compared to 2012.
Pierre Aguilas, chief executive officer of The Loire Valley Wine Trade Fair, said: “This year has been an exceptional vintage for Loire wines. The Loire Valley Wine Trade Fair was a great success and gives us the opportunity to showcase what the region has to offer to wine trade professionals.”