Spain still the biggest wine country in the EU, according to Eurostat

Eurostat has recently published a variety of interesting statistics on the EU’s vineyards and wine industry. The EU currently has more than 3 million hectares of vineyards and 80% of it is classified as quality wine. Spain is the largest wine country with 941,000 hectares. EU’s largest wine region is also in Spain: Castilla-La Mancha with 434,000 ha. The second largest country is France with 803,000 hectares, followed by Italy at 610,000 hectares. After these three giants we have Portugal with 199,000 ha, Romania with 184,000 and Greece and Germany, both with around 103,000 hectares.

France has the largest average size of its vineyards, 10.5 hectares. Several countries are very small and have an average size of under one hectare: Romania (0.2 ha), Malta (0.3 ha), Croatia (0.4 ha), Greece, Cyprus and Slovenia (all 0.5 ha) and Portugal (0.9 ha).

Read more: ec.europa.eu.

Vineyards around Bodegas Baigorri in Rioja

Vineyards around Bodegas Baigorri in Rioja, copyright BKWine Photography

A barrel cellar tunnel at Bodegas Roda in Rioja

A barrel cellar tunnel at Bodegas Roda in Rioja, copyright BKWine Photography

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