Spanish La Rioja sales rose slightly in the first five months of this year, according to recent figures. Sales of the wine with the protected Designation of Origin increased in the period from January to May by 3.29% compared to the same period last year, reaching 101.9m litres.

Young La Rioja saw sales fall, however, by 7.7% to 46.5m litres, although sales of Crianza wines, which are aged for at least three years, of which one year is in a cask, picked up by 0.12% in the period to 41.8m litres. While sales of Reserva wines, which have aged for three years, one of which is in oak, increased by 1.62% to 11.5m litres, Gran Reserva wines, aged for two years in oak and then three years in bottles, rose by 9.31%.

Red La Rioja sales dipped by 4.48% to 90.6m litres, with white sales rising by 3% year-on-year to 6.3m litres. Rose sales increased by 13.9% in the period.