Wine tourism in Spain rises by 21%

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Wine tourism in Spain rises by 21%

In 2016, wine tourism in Spain had revenues for 54 million euro, 10.6% higher than the previous year.
In 2016, wine tourism in Spain had revenues for 54 million euro, 10.6% higher than the previous year.

Wine tourism is a strong sector in Spain. Last year, the Spanish wineries in Wine Routes of Spain welcomed 2,714,409 visitors, a 21% rise over the previous year with 471,469 more people.

Moreover, the sector had revenues for 54,234,752 euro, that is, 5.2 million more than in 2015 (+10.6%), according to the latest annual report by the Spanish Wine Cities Association (ACEVIN), titled ‘Visitas a Bodegas y Museos del Vino de Rutas del Vino de España’ (Visiting Wine Routes of Spain Wineries and Museums).

It is the 9th ACEVIN report, analysing patterns in Spanish wine tourism based on data collected in 24 of the 27 wine itineraries that make Wine Routes of Spain.

Once again, the report shows growing interest in wine tourism and its role in reactivating the winemaking industry in our country, which is also one of the strongest worldwide.

Cava Wine from Penedès and Brandy from Jerez, two of the favourite itineraries

The figures in the 9th ACEVIN report show that 2016 was a great year for wine tourism in Spain. The number of visitors rose in virtually all itineraries, particularly in two: The Sherry and Jerez Brandy Route, with 501,783 visitors (+52,457) and The Penedès Wine and Cava Wine Route, with 486,388 (+21,563).

In fact, the sales of Spanish cava wines have had a sharp increase in international markets over the past few years, placing them second among sparkling wines worldwide. This has driven Spanish winemakers to them, with a subsequent increase in the number of wineries and regions making them.

Other popular wine itineraries in our country are Ribera del Duero, Rioja Alta, Rioja Alavesa, Empordà, Rías Baixas and the recently added Calatayud, which joined the club in 2016 and soon climbed to fifth place.