April 20, 2012 — Italian wines led the charge amond the growing sparkling wine segment of U.S. imports in 2011, according to Shanken Daily News.
An analysis from Impact Databank found Italian sparkling wines to account for half of the top 10 imported sparkling wines in the United States by volume. The five labels in the top 10 are Verdi at no. 1, followed by Martini & Rossi at no. 2, Sparkletini at no. 5, Mionetto at no. 8 and Lunetta at no. 10, the article stated.
All of the Italian wines in the top 10 experienced double-digit growth in 2011 except for Martini & Rossi, who has decreased 25 percent since 2007. Champagne’s top two imports, Moet & Chandon and Veuve Clicquot, saw just a 1.2 percent increase in imports.
From Shanken News Daily:
“While Italy’s top sparklers keep charging ahead, the leading Cava brands in the U.S. have seen a tougher road. Freixenet has now declined for three straight years and is off by 19% since 2008. Slightly lower-priced portfoliomate Segura Viudas added at least 20,000 cases a year from 2005-2010, but last year it slowed markedly. Competitor Jaume Serra Cristalino’s path has been similar. From 2006-2010 it grew by 70%, but an 8.5% decline in 2011 ended its upswing.”
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