March 20, 2012 — After surpassing France as the world’s biggest wine producer in 2010, Italy now holds 22 percent of the global wine market, according to Decanter.com.
Exports of Italian wine rose 12 percent to €4.4 billion ($5.82 billion), according to the Italian National Institute of Statistics.
The United States imported the most Italian wine in terms of value, taking in more than a 17 percent increase in Prosecco shipments, according to Decanter.com. Germany imported the most Italian wine by volume, according to the article.
“Giovanni Mantovani, director general of Veronafiere, which organises the annual Vinitaly trade fair, said there had been ‘a growth of
professionalism’ among Italian producers of all sizes.
‘So, alongside great names, it is now easier to find small producers who are appreciated in restaurants and wine bars around the world,’ Mantovani added.”