Wine exports grew 7% last year, reaching almost 780 million euros in sales, according to a study by consultancy Informa D & B released last March.
“After the decline registered in 2016, wine exports in Portugal resumed the growing trend in 2010-2015 in 2017.
In this way, the sales to foreign markets reached around 780 million euros, reaching around 7% more than in 2016 and an increase of more than 25% in relation to the value recorded in 2009 “, according to a statement from Informa D & B .
Around 60% of the exports are destined to the European Union, being France and the United Kingdom the main markets of the Portuguese wines, representing about 15% and 10% of the total exported.
Informa D & B already has provisional data on the 2017-2018 wine year, adding that the volume of wine production was 6.6 million hectoliters, “10% more than in the previous wine year, in which there was a fall of 15%. ”
The region of Douro / Porto is the one that generates a larger volume (22% of the total in the 2016/2017 campaign), ahead of the Alentejo (18%), Lisbon (17%), Beiras (13%) and Minho).
The number of companies operating in the wine sector in 2015-2016 remained at around 1,300, while the sectoral employment volume also remained stagnant in this biennium by about 9,500 workers.
The small operators predominate in the sector, and the average number of employees per company stood at around seven people in 2016.
Only 26 companies employ more than 50 workers, and among these, only two had a workforce of more than 350 that year, the consultant says.