Did you know that Spain is one of the most important countries in the wine market in Europe and the world? Let’s take a look at some of the data that make it a country with a strong wine tradition in terms of production, vineyard surface area and exports.
SPAIN HAS THE LARGEST VINEYARDS IN THE WORLD
According to figures published by the OIV (International Organisation of Vine and Wine), Spain has 941,086 hectares of vineyards in 2021 (approximately 13% of the world total). China is in second place, with more than 870,000 hectares, and France in third place, with some 800,000 hectares. Italy and Turkey are 4th and 5th respectively.
Spain is therefore the largest vineyard in the world. The region with the most vineyards is Castilla la Mancha.
LET’S TALK ABOUT WINE PRODUCTION:
In Spain, the average annual production of wine and must is between 40 and 42 million hectolitres (37.3 million in 2020). Spain is the third largest producer in the world. The world’s leading producer is Italy (54.8 million hectolitres), followed by France (49.2 million). The gap widens considerably with the fourth country, the United States (23.9 million) and the fifth, Argentina (14.5 million).
IN TERMS OF WINE EXPORTS:
Spain is the world’s third largest exporter by value, with some 2,616 million euros exported in 2020, and the second by volume, with just over 2,012 million litres (2020).
OTHER FACTS ABOUT SPAIN :
70 Protected Designation of Origin
42 Protected Geographical Indications
26 “Vinos de Pago”
Almost 150 native grape varieties planted.
Which of these facts about Spanish wine surprised you the most?