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California's Wine Exports in 2017 - The facts

Wine producers in the US saw their exports to the European Union tumble last year, according to recent figures, with sales in both value and volume down by double digits in 2017.

California accounts for around 97% of all wine exported from The US

California accounts for around 97% of all wine exported from The US

The trade association for California's wine industry, The Wine Institute, said late yesterday that exports to the EU from all of the US's wine companies fell in the 12 months by over 19% in value - to US$553.1m - and by almost 11% in volumes. The EU accounts for around one-third of total wine exports from the US.

Second-biggest market Canada was up almost 3% in value on a 5% volumes slip, while Hong Kong and Singapore both increase the value of their US imports by around 20% on the corresponding period a year earlier.

For California's industry, which accounts for 97% of all the US's wine exports, sales abroad declined by 5.5% in value - to $1.53bn - and by 7.9% in volumes. The Wine Institute blamed the strength of the US Dollar, as well as "heavily-subsidised foreign wine producers and competitors forging free trade agreements in key markets".

Charles Jefferson, the organisation's VP of federal relations and international public policy, said: "Free trade agreements that place the US on equal footing with other wine-producing countries are absolutely essential to growing US wine exports."

For a look at California's wine exports last year on a regional basis, click here.


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