Sales of Rias Baixas wine grew 42% in the UK last year

Sales of wine from Rias Baixas in Spain are up by 42% in the UK.

The latest export figures show sales of the region’s “fresh Atlantic whites” grew 42% in 2019 compared with 2018.

Britons drank two million litres of Rías Baixas Albariño last year, which represents 25% of all exports worldwide and makes the UK one of the top performing markets for the region.

Juan Gil de Araújo, president of the DO Rías Baixas, said: “It is excellent to see the success of our wines in your market. I believe we offer a delicious alternative to the more well-known international varieties and we are proving that Spain can produce exquisite white wines.”

A total of 95% of all the grapes grown in the region are Albarino grapes. The DO is a region of small farmers with around 20,000 vineyard plots and more than 6,500 growers spread over 4,000 hectares.

Other native white varieties include Loureira Blanca, Treixadura, Caino Blanco, Torrontes and Godello. A few red varieties are also grown: Caiño Tinto, Espadeiro, Loureira Tinta, Sousón, Mencía, Pedral and Brancellao.