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Record Rioja sales in 2007

Published:  23 July, 2008

There were record sales of Rioja in 2007, new figures show.

Data from QDO Rioja has shown a total of 271.6 million litres were sold last year - a 3.75% (10m litre) increase on the previous year.

Exports continued to be a particularly strong area over the last 12 months. They were up by 7% while vintage wines from the region now represent 60% of total sales.

The UK was the largest importer of Riojan wines in 2007 - sales were up by 13.7% exceeding 31.6m litres.

This equates to three times the 2000 sales figures and means the UK accounts for 37.5% of total exports from the region.

Top ten Rioja importers

UK (31.6m litres)

Germany (14.6m litres)

Switzerland (6.8m litres)

US (6.7m litres)

Sweden (3.6m litres)

Holland (2.4m litres)

Belgium (2m litres)

Mexico (1.9m litres)

Denmark (1.8m litres)

Ireland (1.7m litres)