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Champagne literally fizzing in Germany

The Champagne market in Europe is worth around €1.4 billion, and while global sales for champagne might have dropped last year, Germany’s thirst for the sparkling wine has continued to grow.

In 2016, champagne deliveries to Germany rose by 4.9 per cent to 12.5 million bottles, the Bureau du Champagne said on Sunday at the start of ProWein, a global wine trade fair in Dusseldorf, Germany.

This makes Germany one of the most important markets for champagne after France, Britain and the United States.

Champagne, the sparkling wine named after France’s northern Champagne region, is exported to over 190 countries. Last year, worldwide exports fell by 2.1 per cent to about 306 million bottles, with the decline a result of falling sales in the French and British markets in particular.

Germany is of course equally well know for its own sparkling wine (called Sekt or Schaumwein) and is extremely popular in the country. The annual per capita consumption of about five liters is the highest in the world.

Sekt labeled as Deutscher Sekt is made exclusively from German grapes, and Sekt b.A. (bestimmter Anbaugebiete, in parallel to Qualitätswein b.A.) only from grapes from one of the 13 quality wine regions in Germany.

Thanks to – Dusseldorf (dpa)

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