The Diplomat. 07/01/2017
Spain was, in 2016, the world’s third wine exporter in terms of value and the second as regards market numbers, according to the Spanish Observatory of the Wine Market (OeMv in its Spanish acronym).
The document, titled Small Christmas entertainment. The countries to which Spain DOES NOT export wine and published on 30 December, points out that, throughout 2016, Spain exported wines to 189 countries, only behind France, which exported to 198, and before Italy, with 180.
According to the document, between January and October 2016, France exported wines valued at 8,181 million euros. Italy holds the second position in terms of value, with 5,521 million, and Spain the third, with 2,633 million. The Italian exports focus more on the countries of the European Union than the Spanish ones.
In all, according to the OeMv, Spanish wines are “almost in every single world market thanks to a distribution that is close to that of other countries with much more years of mass presence in the world wine market”.
Spanish exports amounted to 2,633 million euros, only behind those of France and Italy
In particular, and in response to the provocative question that opens the report, Spanish wines only stopped being exported to eleven countries where the French and Italian competitors did enter, such as Uzbekistan, Tadzhikistan, Greenland, Swaziland, Djibouti, Botswana, Malawi or Papua New Guinea, among others, markets of “little economic relevance” and where “consumption is not high and distribution is not simple”.
However, Malvinas and Tonga are the only countries of the world where Spanish wines are exported, unlike French and Italian wines.