The past 2017 has produced an increase in exports of Spanish wine. According to the ICEX España Exportación e Inversiones report, more than 4,000 companies exported wine in 2017, with an increase of 2.1% in the number of companies, and increasing the turnover of their exports + 7.8%.
The main destination of Spanish wine exports is Europe, followed by the United States and China, which markedly increased its wine imports in 2017 and recorded its historical highs in both value and volume.
The evolution of the total area dedicated to the cultivation of the vineyard, in absolute terms, leads to a progressive loss with respect to the total area of crops in Spain. This loss was produced especially during the years 2009 to 2012, due to the economic aid for pull off the vineyard until 2012.
Currently, the area of grape vineyards for processing in Spain fell by -0.2% to reach 953,607 hectares. Of these, the irrigated vineyard area is around 368,100 hectares, which remain stable, but that by reducing the overall area of vineyard, irrigated land stands at 38.6% of the total vineyard area in 2017.