Luanda, Angola, 9 Jan – Angola imported 3.2 million litres of wine from Portugal’s Alentejo region in the period from January to October 2011 to become the biggest importer of wine from the region, said the marketing director of the Alentejo Region Vinegrowing Commission (CVRA).
Speaking to Portuguese news agency Lusa, Tiago Caravana said that, “the trend is to grow even more, given that Angola’s economy is developing and there is a part of the population that already drinks quality wine on a regular basis.”
According to the CVRA from January to October 2011, Alentejo wines increased exports, by 34.5 percent, to the main markets outside the European Union, with Angola at the top of the list.
As compared to the same period of 2010, the CVRA said, countries that posted the biggest rise, other than Angola (82.5 percent), were China (together with Macau and Hong Kong) with 44 percent rise and Brazil and Canada, with 14.9 percent and 10.2 percent, respectively.
Caravana said that Angola, Brazil, the United States, China and Canada were, currently and in this order, the five main markets for Alentejo wines. (macauhub)