California Wine Exports Set Record in 2015

California wine exports set Record in 2015, reached $1.61 billion in winery revenues in 2015, an all-time record and a 7.6% increase from 2014 ($1.5 billion), according to the Wine Institute. Volume was up 4.1% from the previous year to 461 million liters or 51.2 million cases. California wines appeal to consumers across the globe who recognize the unique quality and excellent value of California wines. Consumers are also attracted to California’s trend-setting lifestyle, innovative cuisine, and beautiful wine country destinations.

Of the top 10 export markets for California wines, the European Union’s 28-member countries were the largest, accounting for $622 million, followed by Canada, $461 million; Hong Kong, $97 million; Japan, $96 million; China, $56 million; Nigeria, $29 million; Mexico, $26 million; South Korea, $23 million; Switzerland, $21 million; and Singapore, $15 million.

The European Union was the top destination for U.S. wine exports, accounting for $622 million; followed by Canada, $461 million; Japan, $96 million; China, $56 million; Hong Kong, $97 million; Mexico, $26 million; South Korea, $23 million; Switzerland; $21 million and Singapore, $15 million.

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The United States has surpassed France as the largest wine-consuming country in the world in terms of overall consumption. However, in terms of per capita consumption, the United States still lags behind major European countries. The per capita consumption of wine in France was 44.2 in 2012 compared to 10.4 in the United States. The top three wine producers are France, Italy, and Spain, the U.S. is the fourth largest wine-producing country in the world. Constellation Brands (STZ), Diageo (DEO), and E & J Gallo Winery are some major wine producers.

According to the International Wine and Spirit Research (IWSR), the global consumption of still and sparkling wines increased by 2.7% between 2009 and 2013 to reach 2.65 billion 9-liter cases, the equivalent to more than 31.7 billion bottles. IWSR predicts that growth will accelerate by another 1% between 2014 and 2018 to reach 2.732 billion nine-liter cases (32.78 billion bottles).

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