The most rapid growth in sparkling wine imports to the USA is not those originating in France but in Italy,perhaps best known for one of its leading varieties, Prosecco.
France will end 2014 year responsible for a lower percentage of sparkling wine imports than any year in more than a decade, albeit a still dominant one. Through October of this year, imports from France accounted for 62.18 percent of all imports. But at this point a decade ago, in 2004, more than 79 percent of all imports originated in France. Italy, on the other hand, accounted for just 11.81 percent of the total through the first 10 months of 2004. This year, the percentage is 27.66 percent.