China now represents 4. º export market for wines from Alentejo, Portugal, outside the EU, with exports increasing 170% over the past five years, according to data from the Alentejo Regional Wine Commission (CVRA).
The Chinese market has enjoyed steady growth for Alentejo wines, although it is a small export base.
Citing statistics from the past five years, between 2007 and 2012, exports to China "represented 170% growth", which demonstrates the potential of this market and the investment by the wine companies.
Sales of Alentejo wines have always been growing and China is no longer the 6. º to become the fourth. Third largest export market, ranking third countries (outside the EU).
|Alentejo wine exports to China rise 170% in five years|
Last year, according to the CVRA, exports to the Chinese market accounted for 7.05% of the total sales of wines from Alentejo (DOC Alentejo and Vinho Regional Alentejo) to outside the European Union.
In volume, the Alentejo exported to China close to 208,000 liters of wine in 2007, but five years later, "the Chinese market represents more than half a million liters."
In absolute terms, it is still one of the biggest markets, but sales have increased and this should be taken into account.