Spanish wine exports for the first two months of this year rose slightly, according to figures released yesterday. Data from the Spanish Wine Federation shows exports hitting €200.1m (US$237.3m) in January and February, a rise of 2.2% year-on-year.

Export volume jumped by 24.1% to 211.7m litres, although the average price per litre fell by 17.7% due to higher exports of cheaper wines.

Germany and the UK were the most popular destinations for Spanish wines in January and February, with Germany taking 24.7% of all exports, and the UK accounting for 11.3%.

Exports of bottled wines with protected designation of origin (PDO) fell by 7.2%, and PDO bulk wine exports dropped by 28.9%. Sparkling wine exports also fell, by 0.8%, as did bottled table wine exports, by 5.02%.

Bulk table wine exports enjoyed a growth, however, of 60.7%.