The Catalan wine sector grows for the first time in exports since the pandemic

Wine and cava from Catalonia are recovering from the pandemic. The Catalan sector's exports are growing for the first time in the last two years, experiencing an increase of 18,97% in value and 11,42% in volume compared to 2020. According to the latest available data, from January and February 2022, the Catalan wine sector has increased its exports both in value and volume by over 6,5%, compared to the same period in 2021. With 4,81% of the total volume of agri-food exports, the wine sector remains the fifth agri-food sector in the region, with a value of 619.99 million euros.

Nowadays, the Catalan wine sector has a competitive structure with over 600 bottling wineries, 8.359 winegrowers, and an area registered in the DO of 42.822 hectares. The sector directly employs over 25,900 people and manages a turnover of 1.185 million euros, 5,25% of the agri-food sector in Catalonia and 19.90% of the wine sector in Spain.

The United States, Germany, and the United Kingdom are the main destination markets

Catalonia exports wine and cava to 145 markets globally, with the European Union (46,3%) being the first destination of the sector compared to third markets (53,70%). The United States is the leading importer of Catalan wines, with a market share of 14.56% and a significant increase of 44,96% compared to 2021. This change could be explained by the decision taken by the United States to cancel custom duties imposed by the presidency of Donald Trump.

Germany remains the second world destination and the first destination in Europe, with 74.83 million € in wine exports and an increase of 8.06% compared to the previous year. The United Kingdom is the third destination with 71.5 million € and has a growth of 25.94% despite the logistical and customs difficulties generated by the Brexit. Belgium is the fourth destination and the second in the European Union, with imports worth 59,8 million € and a growth of 15,92% compared to last year. Finally, Japan is the fifth world destination with 40.56 million € and an increase of 7.13%.

The Prowein 2022 with a Catalan accent

After a two-year break caused by the pandemic, the Prowein, the most prestigious wine fair in Europe, has recovered its face-to-face format in the city of Düsseldorf (Germany) with a balance of record figures: 5.700 exhibitors from 63 countries and over 38.000 professional visitors from 145 countries gathered in 13 pavilions.

Under 'Catalunya, where wine is culture' brand, Prodeca - Ministry of Climate Action, Food and Rural Agenda has organized the participation of 90 wineries and 4 wine and cava producing associations from the 12 denominations of origin recognized in Catalonia. The main reason is to contribute to the commercial promotion of the sector. The meeting was also attended by the director of Prodeca, Ramon Sentmartí, and the director of Incavi, Alba Balcells.

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