Côtes du Rhône exports up in key markets

Côtes du Rhône exports up in key markets

Exports of AOC Côtes du Rhône wines rose in both volume and value in the first half of the year on the same period in 2009, buoyed by a recovery in key markets such as the UK, US and Belgium, figures show.

Volumes increased by 5% to 273,755 hectolitres while value exports increased by 2.2% to almost EUR107.7m (US$136.5m), trade body InterRhone said today (24 August).

This contrasted sharply with the first half of 2009, when AOC Côtes du Rhône exports fell by 15% in volume and 14% in value on the first half of 2008.

In the first six months of 2010, volumes to the UK rose 24.4% to 63,031 hectolitres but export value was down 3.7%. There were also solid increases in volumes to Belgium (+8.6%) and the US (+9.5%).