ANDALUCIAN wines have long been considered some of the best in the country, with Sherry, Rioja and Rueda among the favourites.

And now the region’s white, red and rose offerings have extended their popularity to East Asia.

Japan is the fourth biggest non-EU destination for Andalucian wine.

Last year, Japanese businesses and consumers imported €1.7million worth of vino.

This number is steadily rising and grew from the previous year by 15.1%.

Fifteen Andalucian wines have been sampled in a competition organised by the Trade Promotion Agency of Andalucia (EXTENDA) in Osaka, Japan this week.

Experts from across the Japan wine industry gathered for the event and tasted the best of what the Spanish region had to offer.

The event had the participation of wineries from all over Andalucia with the highest number of wineries hailing from Cadiz.

Other regions also getting a slice of the cross-continent action have included Cordoba, Malaga and Seville.

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