Dec 31, 2021 - Economy & Business

Sparkling wine exports from EU fall for first time in decade

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The European Union's exports of sparkling wine fell 6% between 2019 and 2020, the first such decrease in a decade, according to Eurostat data.

Driving the news: The decrease was largely due to the COVID-19 pandemic which forced bars and restaurants to close.

Details: A drop in Champagne exports contributed the most to the decline. The exports of the famed French sparking wine fell 20%, Reuters noted.

  • The top sparkling wine export, Prosecco, fell slightly from 207 million liters in 2019 to 205 million in 2020.
  • Exports of the Spanish sparkling wine, Cava, increased by 10%.
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