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UK passion for Argentine wines: first quarter imports rocket 15% in volume

Friday, May 25th 2012 - 22:07 UTC
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Malbec World Day which took place on April 17 was a huge success in Europe Malbec World Day which took place on April 17 was a huge success in Europe

Argentine wine exports to the UK have rocketed by 25% in value and 12% in volume in the first three months of the year. This put the UK back ahead of Brazil as Argentina’s third largest market worldwide, and the US and Canada, and represents the largest gains for over four years.

“It’s the volume figure that is the most encouraging” said Andrew Maidment, European director of Wines of Argentina.

“Given that there is obviously a delay between this export data and UK sales data we are hoping to see this translate into increased sales over the coming months as the wines reach shops, bars and restaurants,” he added.

The generic body has been working hard to promote the country’s flagship variety Malbec on Malbec World Day which took place on April 17.

The event attracted global attention with 85 shops participating in the Netherlands; a 350-strong tasting in the Czech Republic; wine tasting in Poland and Russia as well as additional activities in Stockholm, Helsinki and Berlin.

In the UK market Majestic Wine saw sales of Argentine wine above £9 rise by over 19% in the period January 31 to April 23 inclusive compared to 2011.

Between April 10 and 23 the average sales price for Malbec/Malbec blends from Argentina rose by 11% from £7.45 in 2011 to £8.25 in 2012, the retailer said.

Other retailers and on-trade outfits which ran promotions for Malbec World Day included Averys, Naked Wines, Gaucho restaurant group and a deal through Square Meal which involved over 100 restaurants.

“Wines of Argentina” is also focusing on its signature white grape variety Torrontés, later this year.

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  • JohnN

    Until and unless Argentina stops embargo of Falkland Islands, just say NO to Argentine wines!

    Better to stick with Chilean wine...

    May 25th, 2012 - 10:57 pm 0
  • Condorito

    Well said John!

    May 26th, 2012 - 12:30 am 0
  • Think


    You people drink waaaaaay too much…………
    You should learn from the Scots…..

    ”………….. A 75cl bottle of 12.5% wine could be sold for no less than £4.69.”

    Chuckle chuckle©

    May 26th, 2012 - 01:25 am 0
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