Exports of Rioja wine fell 9.5% to €60.8m (US$73.9m) in the first quarter of the year, according to figures released yesterday by La Rioja Wine Exporters' Association.

Volumes also fell in Q1. Around 14.3m litres of Rioja were exported, a 9.45% decrease on the corresponding quarter last year.

On closer inspection, overseas sales of Reserva wines decreased 20.1% to 2.3m litres, while Gran Reserva exports fell 16.2% to 536,419 litres. Exports of Crianza wines, however, increased 2.9% to 4.8m litres.

Sales to the UK were up by 0.9%, but the US market fell by 3.4% while the Swedish market dipped by 8.4%.