Wine sales in Norway have risen in June, with both white and red wine contributing to the growth compared to the same period last year. Sales of liquor were also up, helped by celebrations of Norway's 100 years' of independence from Sweden.

Norway's total wine sales rose by 6.5% to 4.829m litres, with red wine sales reaching 3.045m litres, up by 5.7% and sales of white wines were up by 7.2% to 1.575m litres.

The figures of former Norwegian liquor monopolist Vinmonopolet AS showed that Italian wines were one of the main beneficiaries in the period. Italian red wines in Norway rose by 11.8% year-on-year to 621,000 litres. Meanwhile, sales of Italian white wines leapt 17.6% to 147,000 litres.

Australian white wines also did well, up by 20.4% to 81,000 litres.

France had a mixed month, with white wine sales up by 7.3% to 532,000 litres, but red wine sales falling 1.2% to 659,000 litres.

Liquor sales in Norway were up 5.7% year-on-year to 5.899m.

Vinmonopolet said that adjusted for calendar variations, liquor sales rose 3.6% year-on-year in the month.

Beer sales also made gains, rising 9.9% to 34,000 litres.