Exports of wines from Germany performed well last year, according to recent figures.

A report in German paper Handelsblatt yesterday (12 March) cited the managing director of the German Wine Institute (DWI) as saying that exports from the country's wine producers rose by 8% in volume terms in 2007, coming in at 3.1m hectolitres. In value terms, exports increased by 13% to EUR635m (US$989.9m), Monika Reule told the paper.

The UK held the top spot as Germany's biggest wine market, although exports to the US have trebled since 2002 in value terms, Reule noted. Last month, Wines of Germany unveiled a promotional push for the Riesling grape variety in the US, which is being jointly underwritten by the DWI and the EU.

Norway also performed particularly well in 2007, with value sales leaping by 27% last year.

Domestically, German wines saw volumes climb by 3.6%, with wines from Germany accounting for almost 50% of all wine consumed in the country in 2007.