Wine exports to the US rose considerably in January, according to recent figures.  Citing data released by the association of Italian Chambers of Commerce abroad, Assocamerestero, Italian farmers' association Coldiretti said yesterday (18 April) that wine exports to the US increased by 16.2% year-on-year in the month of January.

Italy continues to be the market leader in the US imported wine sector, the data confirmed, followed by Australia and France.

The total value of Italian wine exports to the US hit US$69.3m for the month, up from US$59.6m in the corresponding month last year.

Worldwide, Italian exports in 2004 increased by 5.4% on 2003.