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21.02.2022
Wines of Alentejo break record exports in 2021 with 17.5% more in value and 11.6% in volume

The average price rose 5.3% and reached the highest value in the last five years, at €3.52 per litre. Brazil, Switzerland, United Kingdom, Poland and Germany were the main destinations responsible for export growth.

Wines of Alentejo reached record values ​​in exports in 2021, with sales growing 17.5% in value, reaching a total of 69.4 million euros, and 11.6% in volume, when exporting 19.7 million liters of wine abroad.

The Alentejo Regional Winegrowing Commission (CVRA) highlights the “important rise” in the average price per liter which, from January to December 2021, increased by 5.3%, with DOC wines up 9.2% and Regional wines up 3 .0%. The Commission also underlines that the gains achieved in several markets are overcoming the considerable drop in exports to Angola, recorded since 2017.

“Given these results, we can only applaud the Alentejo producers who show their exporting capacity and value every liter of wine sold, demonstrating the quality of Alentejo wines, with international markets showing receptiveness to paying more for the region’s wine”, stresses Francisco Mateus, president of the CVRA. And he concludes “In 2021 we stabilized the downward trend in Angola and increased sales in 11 of the 15 main destinations in the Alentejo, signs that make us very expectant about the future of Alentejo wine exports.”

During 2021, exports continued at a good pace to most of the main wine markets in the Alentejo region, with emphasis on the growth registered in Brazil (+9% in value and +4% in volume), in Switzerland (+14% in in value and +8% in volume), in the United Kingdom (+69% in value and +54% in volume in Poland (+25% in value and +18% in volume) and in Germany (+41% in value and +24% by volume).

The CVRA also highlights the performance of exports to Spain (+127% in value and 134% in volume) and Australia (+252% in value and +290% in volume), since they are also countries that produce of wine and who usually sell more wine than they buy. Finally, the slight, but very positive, growth in the amount of wine sold to Angola deserves the Commission's watchful eye.
 
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