Which Country Exports the Most Wine and Grape Must in the World?

Wines May 28, 2018
Blog Blog  /  Beverages  /  Wines
Author: Sergey Avramenko
Head of Global Markets Research Team

Which Country Exports the Most Wine and Grape Must in the World?

IndexBox has just published a new report "World: Wine And Grape Must - Market Report. Analysis and Forecast to 2025". Here is a summary of the report's key findings.

In 2016, the amount of wine imported worldwide amounted to 10M tonnes, flattening at the previous year figure. The total import volume increased at an average annual rate of +1.8% over the period from 2007 to 2016- the trend pattern remained relatively stable, with only minor fluctuations over the period under review. The pace of growth appeared the most rapid in 2013, when it surged by 14% year-to-year. In that year, global wine imports attained its maximum volume of 11M tonnes. From 2014 to 2016, growth of global wine imports stood at a somewhat lower level.

In value terms, wine imports stood at $32B in 2016. The total import value increased at an average annual rate of +1.3% from 2007 to 2016- the trend pattern remained relatively stable, with only minor fluctuations being recorded throughout the analyzed period. Over the period under review, global wine imports attained its maximum level of $35B in 2014- however, from 2015 to 2016, it stood at a somewhat lower level.

Top Wine Importing Countries in the World

1. USA (5.8 billion USD)

2. United Kingdom (4.1 billion USD)

3. Germany (2.7 billion USD)

4. China (2.4 billion USD)

5. Canada (1.8 billion USD)

6. Japan (1.5 billion USD)

7. Netherlands (1.3 billion USD)

8. Switzerland (1.1 billion USD)

9. Belgium (1.0 billion USD)

10. France (0.8 billion USD)

11. Russia (0.7 billion USD)

12. Portugal (0.1 billion USD)

Wine Imports By Country

In 2016, Germany (1.5M tonnes), the UK (1.5M tonnes), the U.S. (1.1M tonnes), France (780K tonnes), China (638K tonnes), Russia (532K tonnes), the Netherlands (460K tonnes), Canada (416K tonnes), Belgium (295K tonnes), Japan (276K tonnes), Switzerland (185K tonnes), and Portugal (180K tonnes) were the major importers of wine in the world, committing 75% of total import.

From 2007 to 2016, the most notable growth rate of wine imports, among the main importing countries, was attained by China (+17.6% per year), while the other global leaders experienced more modest paces of growth.

In value terms, the largest wine markets worldwide were the U.S. ($5.8B), the UK ($4.1B) and Germany ($2.7B), with a combined 39% share of global imports.China, Canada, Japan, the Netherlands, Switzerland, Belgium, France, Russia and Portugal lagged somewhat behind, together comprising a further 34%.

China (+28.0% per year) had the highest rates of growth with regard to the wine imports, among the main importing countries, over the last 9 year period, while the other global leaders experienced more modest paces of growth.

Wine Import Prices By Country

The average wine import price stood at $3,090 per tonne in 2016, rising by 2% against the previous year. In general, wine import price continues to indicate a relatively flat trend pattern. The pace of growth was the most pronounced in 2011, when import increased by 9% against the previous year level. Over the period under review, average wine import price attained its maximum level of $3,441 per tonne in 2008- however, from 2009 to 2016, it stood at a somewhat lower level.

Import prices varied noticeably by country of destination. the country with the highest import prices was Switzerland ($5,821 per tonne), while Portugal ($680 per tonne) was among the lowest.

From 2007 to 2016, the most notable growth rate of wine import prices was attained by China (+8.8% per year), while the other global leaders experienced more modest paces of growth.

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  • wine import
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All data provided in this article covers the following product: HS Code 2204 - Wine of fresh grapes, including fortified wines- grape must other than that of heading no. 2009.

Source: World: Wine And Grape Must - Market Report. Analysis and Forecast to 2025