Italian wine exports to the US last year reached €822m, according to figures released last week. A report from the Italian association of wine producers, Unione Italiana Vini (UIV), showed that Italian wine accounted for 32% of the US wine market in 2003.

Italian wines ranked above France in terms of wine imports value and market share in the US, while Australian wines registered 22% market share, the report said.

No comparative figures were available.