“The Italian GDP would be 500 billion euro more if it had grown as much as the exports of Italian wine from 2007 to 2013″
This striking comparison was made by Alberto Mattiacci, Professor of Economics at the University of Rome, author of the research on wine exports carried out for the Institute of Italian quality wines – Grandi Marchi which was presented in Rome, citing the BNL bank’s economic studies data.
In fact, along with the + 23% of volume sold, i.e. total liters, there is also a + 45% of the total value. This means that not only did the quantity of bottles sold increase, there was also a considerable increase in the average value, a clear sign of a growing appreciation for quality wines.
Good rankings for the Langhe
The international rankings reflect trends in styles and tastes, and in the top 100 of Wine Spectator (the main American wine magazine) we find both surprises and confirmations. The Langhe are represented by 3 Barolo wines (Massolino, Oddero and Rinaldi) and 1 Barbaresco (Cortese) along with a Barbera d’Asti di Vietti.
This important presence in the rankings has been stable in recent years and is second only to that of Tuscany, which has eight wines in the rankings.
The surprise is that there’s an increase in the number of positions occupied by other Italian wines from Veneto, Sicily, and Abruzzo, thus placing a total of 19 Italian wines in the top 100.
A fantastic result, if we consider how the production of wine has grown in those areas that have always been ideal for producing wine but did not express their full potential in the past; countries such as Chile, South Africa, California etc…
And for 2014…
The latest news that bodes well, for an industry which for years now has been a pillar of the Italian economy, regards the 2014 vintage.
According to Luca Maroni (expert taster and author of the best Italian wines Yearbook) 2014 will be an excellent year, at least for white wines.
In an interview with Corriere della Sera he highlights the fact that in spite of a difficult harvest due to the climatic conditions and with a clear drop in production, the first tasting of white wines in the cellars proves to be of excellent quality, in many cases.
We have to wait to see for ourselves if the Langhe wines have maintained the high standards that are recognized throughout the world!