The Conseil Interprofessionnel des Vins de Provence (CIVP) has increased funding to promote rosé wines abroad in 2009.

The CIVP told just-drinks late last week that it will spend EUR810,000 (US$1m) on promotion this year, up from EUR621,000 in 2008. Together with a EUR500,000 EU grant, the trade body will have a marketing budget of EUR1.3m.

Around 86% of exported wines covered by CIVP are rosé.

Well over half of the funding will target the US, Canada and the UK, which account for 26% of Provence rosé exports. Funding will also target emerging markets such as Japan, China, Brazil and Russia.

Over 1m hectolitres of Provence rosé is produced annually, with 11-15% of volumes exported. Exports of Provence AOC wine fell to 42,500hl in 2008, from 53,657hl in 2007.