LJUBLJANA, Nov. 4 (Xinhua) -- The export of Slovenian wines are on a steady increase with the figure standing at almost 14 million liters last year, the Slovenian Press Agency (STA) reported on Saturday, as the country's annual wine festival started.
Most of Slovenian wines were exported to its traditional destinations like Italy, the U.S., Austria, Croatia and the Netherlands.
However, export of Slovenian wines to China in particular have been on a surge lately, the STA report said, counting the sales more than doubling since 2009 from 91,000 euros (105,677 U.S. dollars) in 2009 to more than one million euros in the first seven months of this year alone.
Imports of wine to Slovenia have also been on an increase, with the country importing last year a total of 13 million liters, of which 85 percent came from Italy, France, Macedonia, Germany and Spain.
However, this year's harvest in Slovenia was one of the worst in recent years as Slovenian vineyards produced around 91,000 tonnes of grape, which is 4.5 percent less than in 2016 and 15 percent below the average for the last ten years.
Weather conditions were particularly harsh for red grape sorts, with yield per hectare of vineyard being as much as one fifth below the ten-year average.