Burgundy wine body details export marketing spend

Burgundy wine body details export marketing spend

Burgundy's wine trade body, the BIVB, is planning to invest EUR1.85m (US$2.5m) annually over the next three years to market the region's wines in key export markets.

The export drive will focus on the US, UK, Belgium, Japan and China. It is part of a five-year strategy to make Burgundy "a world  leader for great wines born out sustainable production methods,” said BIVB president Michel Baldassini today (14 January).

The BIVB was recently buoyed by encouraging results from its biggest export market, the UK, where volume and value sales rose by 23% and 16% respectively in the first nine months of 2010. If this trend continued in the final quarter, then losses incurred in 2009 would be almost wiped off, the BIVB said.