Loire exports hit double-digit growth

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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.”

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