The Mediterranean countries Italy, France and Spain produce 90% of the exported sparkling wine.
Member States of the European Union exported over 744 million liters of sparkling wine in 2016. The lion’s share, 91 percent, came from Italy, Spain and France.
Italy is leading with a total export of 335 million liters of sparkling wine (45 percent), according to statistics from statistics bureau Eurostat. France follows with 172 million liters (23 percent) and Spain is close behind with 168 million liters (almost 23 percent).
The three front runners are followed at a distance by Germany, which accounts for only 4 percent of exports with 32 million liters.
In total, 62 percent of the exported sparkling wine went to other EU member states.
Countries outside the EU purchased 279 million liters of sparkling wine from EU member states last year. The United States is the largest importer, with a total of 114 million liters (41 percent of exports outside the EU). Other big players are Japan (9 percent), Russia (9 percent) and Switzerland (7 percent).
When EU Member States obtain their sparkling wine from countries outside the EU, Australia and South Africa are popular. Of the 7.6 million liters imported in 2016, these countries represented 29 percent and 25 percent, respectively.
Source: Dutch online newspaper nu.nl