According to a report posted by the Italian-language wine industry blog, I Numeri del Vino (Wine Statistics), Italian wine exports increased by 18% in August 2010, one of the most challenging months for Italian winemakers, note the authors. Total sales were Euro 241 million, surpassing even Italy’s record for wine exports in the month of August, when Euro 236 million worth of wine were shipped in 2007. Every category saw growth, with sparkling wine delivering a 39% increase, bulk wine 13%, and bottled wine 16%.
Overall exports have increased by 8.7% in the first 8 months of 2010, with 5.4% growth over the last 12 months. If the trend continues, write the authors, total growth for 2010 could reach 8% and sales could exceed Euro 3.7 billion, a figure that would represent a new historical record.