Excellent 2015 and 2016 Vintages Underpin Strong Position of Côtes du Rhône

With the Côtes du Rhône listed as France’s second largest AOC wine area, 77 companies from the Rhône are showcasing their wares at Vinexpo this year.

The latest studies show the Côtes du Rhône held a steady position in the market last year, despite a challenging environment. Two exceptional vintages in 2015 and 2016 along with strong relationships with both UK customers and consumers have resulted in a positive performance of the region, both in volume and value.

The UK remains the region’s first export market by volume representing 18% of the total volume of wines exported (-1% compared to 2016). The UK is the second export market by value – after the USA – representing €73.3 million in 2016. With an average price of £8.81 per bottle, Rhône Valley wines offer excellent value for money. Red wine continues to prove the most popular with red Rhône wines representing 46% of total market shares in the UK off-trade.

Michel Chapoutier, President at Inter-Rhône comments, “2016 has been a challenging year but we have maintained our position and we are very pleased with the performance of our wines in this market. The UK is our largest export market by volume. Our long-term focus on producing quality wines is resonating well with UK consumers as we continue benefit from a strong notoriety and positive image in the market.”

Every day, 61 wines will be available for tasting on the stand, with two sommeliers talking visitors through their tasting experience. On Tuesday 20th June, the ‘Soils and climates, the diversity of the whites from the Rhône Valley’ will be hosted by Michel Bettane within the Vinexpo Feat Bettane & Desseauve area Hall 3, Stand ST338.

You can also find Rhône wines at “The Blend” evening on Tuesday 20 June from 7:30 pm.

Hall 3, Stands AB40, AB45, AB35