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Change and development in the Spanish wine industry, 1950-2009


  • José Miguel Martínez-Carrión

    (Applied Economics Department, Faculty of Economics and Business (Universidad de Murcia). Campus Espinardo, 30100, Espinardo (Murcia, Spain))

  • Francisco José Medina-Albaladejo

    (Applied Economics Department, Faculty of Economics and Business (Universidad de Murcia). Campus Espinardo, 30100, Espinardo (Murcia, Spain))


In recent years the European winegrowing regions have been carrying out deep changes in response to increasing international competition, outstanding the case of Spain. This study analyses the main sequences of changes the Spanish wine industry has undergone: the evolution of consumption; the role of exports; the spread of marketing and business organization; the factors that have been involved in the modernization of the wineries. An initial valuation leads us to conclude that it has been an authentic wine revolution in reference to the transformations that have occurred in a period of farming changes and technological modernization for the businesses

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  • José Miguel Martínez-Carrión & Francisco José Medina-Albaladejo, 2010. "Change and development in the Spanish wine industry, 1950-2009," Documentos de Trabajo (DT-AEHE) 1006, Asociación Española de Historia Económica.
  • Handle: RePEc:ahe:dtaehe:1006

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      Wine industry revolution; technological modernization; enological change; Spain; twentieth century.;
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      JEL classification:

      • N54 - Economic History - - Agriculture, Natural Resources, Environment and Extractive Industries - - - Europe: 1913-
      • O33 - Economic Development, Innovation, Technological Change, and Growth - - Innovation; Research and Development; Technological Change; Intellectual Property Rights - - - Technological Change: Choices and Consequences; Diffusion Processes
      • Q13 - Agricultural and Natural Resource Economics; Environmental and Ecological Economics - - Agriculture - - - Agricultural Markets and Marketing; Cooperatives; Agribusiness
      • L66 - Industrial Organization - - Industry Studies: Manufacturing - - - Food; Beverages; Cosmetics; Tobacco

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