Italian wine exports to U.S. drop 20% in first quarter 2009

“The worst has yet to come for the world of wine,” said Andrea Sartori, president of the Unione Italiana Vini (Union of Italian Winemakers) in an interview with WineNews.it last week. “We are really suffering [in terms of] exports,” he told the web-based publication. “I expect a tough 2009 but probably a tough 2010 as well.”

In the first quarter of 2009, exports to the U.S. market have decreased by 20%, in Great Britain by 13%, and Cananda by 17%. Sartori did note, however, that the German market has shown modest growth of 3.8%.

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