Rioja releases staggering growth figures

13 March, 2018

The Denominación de Origen Calificada Rioja has announced growth in its foreign markets across 130 countries.

Exports totalled more than 108m litres, up +4.39% from 2016 with Russia (+39.71%) and China (+17.31%) performing the best.

Sales were also significantly up in the UK (+3.21%), Canada (+6.75%), the US (+5.80%), Switzerland (+4.21%) and Holland (+2.46%).

Rioja whites grew significantly above the market average (+16%), surpassing growth figures of other regions specialising in whites.

White wines currently make up close to 8% of total Rioja sales, compared to 5% five years ago. In foreign markets, sales of white Rioja grew by 25%.

Rioja red wine consumption remains stable. Sales of Crianza, Reserva and Gran Reserva stood close to 157m litres, accounting for 63.23% of total red wine sales.  

According to the Spanish Wine Market Observatory, Rioja exports amount to 31% of the total Spanish D.O. wine exports. In terms of value, however, they account for 40%, as the average price for Rioja is 49% higher than the average for the rest of Spanish D.O. wines and four times as much as the average price of exported Spanish wines.


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