After a 1 percent decline in shipments to 27 million cases in 2012, Italian wine is expected to be back in positive growth territory in the U.S. market by year-end, with volume estimated to rise 3 percent - 5 percent.
A recent article in Newsweek bemoaned that Italians, particularly younger Italians, are drinking less wine today than they did five years ago. Fifty years ago, they consumed about twice as much annually. All this, even though no country makes more wine than Italy (which exports a great deal of it, especially to the United States).
Philippe Guigal has described this year's fruit from the northern Rhône as "astonishing" in quality, in sharp contrast to reports of a problematic vintage in the southern part of the valley and elsewhere in France.
As well as finding a wide and complete showcase of the best technologies in the sector, visitors to the 25th edition of SIMEI can attend conferences, seminars, study and debate sessions held by the main players of an important market, the bearer of the Made in Italy brand throughout the world. A market accounting for a substantial component of Italy's exports that determines to a considerable extent the features of the global economy.
"Cune (an acronym for Compañía Vinícola del Norte de España) was founded by brothers Eusebio and Raimundo Real de Asúa in 1879. Now one of Rioja's most important wineries, Cune was among the 19th century producers that helped define classic Rioja."