Italy beats France in wine output

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Italian wine production hit €5 billion this year. Photo: Gate Alliance/Flickr
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The autumn wine harvest has seen Italy top France in production, while exports also jumped to €5 billion.

As the last grapes are plucked from the vine, Italy’s wine harvest has reached 45 million hectolitres, while France lags behind with 44 million, according to agricultural organization Coldiretti.

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The figures show a two percent increase from last year and put Italy ahead of France, Spain and the US.

The year has also been “historic” in terms of wine exports, for the first time hitting €5 billion, Coldiretti said.

The US is the largest importer of Italian wine and over the past year sales to the country have increased by 10 percent. Second-place Germany has bought up nine percent more Italian wine in the past year.

Russians are also getting a taste for Italian wine, with the country’s imports jumping 23 percent in a year. The Chinese market also grew by six percent, Coldiretti said.

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