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May 9, 2019 / Richard Hall

World wine rankings – 3

Growing trade

International trade in wine has grown strongly since 2000, except for a noticeable dip in 2009, but this slowed in 2018, with volume up 0.8% to 108 million hectolitres and value up 1.2% to 31.3 billion euros.

Spain was the biggest volume exporter in 2018 at 19% of the global total and France was the biggest value exporter with a 30% share.

5 countries accounted for more than half of global imports.

In terms of wine types and packs traded internationally in 2018:

• Bottled still wine fell to 53% of volume and 70% of value.

• Sparkling wine rose to 9% of volume and 20% of value.

• Bag-in-box wine advanced strongly to 4% of volume and 2% of value.

• Bulk wine over 10 litres lost volume to 34% but gained value to 8%.

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