Sunday, November 25, 2007

Romania: Wine industry market expected to grow 20% in '07

The wine production is set to surpass 6 M hectolitres in 2007, over 20 per cent larger than the one registered in 2006, Claudiu Necsulescu, the President of the National Inter-professional Wine Organisation (ONIV), stated, Nine o'Clock reports. Out of the total, 3.6 M hectoliters represent the local producers' market offer while the remaining figure represents the household and self-consumption production.

'Although 2005 has been a disastrous year for the wine industry, in 2006 and 2007 there were positive signs of recovery for this sector, especially since the 'SAPARD' program has been started' Necsulescu stated.

Romania ranks 5th when it comes to total vineyard area, 6th when it comes to grape production and 6th when it comes to wine production, registering 8 viticulture regions, 37 vineyards and 171 viticulture centres.

Romania has exported around 18,163 hectolitres of wine, with imports registering a figure almost 3 times larger – 71,330 hectolitres. Wine exports went to Germany, the Russian Federation, the United States, the Republic of Moldova, Great Britain, Estonia and Bulgaria, while the imports came from the Republic of Moldova, Spain, Italy, Hungary, France and Germany.

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