Export figures for the region of Piedmont for 2003 were released yesterday. The regional Union of Chambers of Commerce, Unioncamere, reported that the north-western Italian region exported 245m bottles of wine last year. Turnover from exports totalled €2.0 billion (US$2.47 billion).

Last year's average output per hectare for Piedmont was 48.35 hectolitres, with Designation of Controlled and Guaranteed Origin (DOCG) wines registering a year-on-year increase of 22.6%.

Figures for Barolo wine also increased, by 52% on 2002 to 65,334 hectolitres. Barbaresco wine rose by 38% year-on-year to 65,334 hectolitres.

The total area of vineyards in the region was 13% greater last year compared to 2002.