China wine imports continue to grow

According to the China Association of Imports and Exports of Wine & Spirits, wine imported by China increased year-on-year by 15.49% in volume and 7.65% in value.

Total wine imports in the year to 2016-2017 were 407.37 million litres, worth about US$1.475 billion.

Bottled wine imports (91.2% of the total) rose by 14.05% in volume (to 303.3 million bottles) while value grew 5.5% to US$1.35 billion over the same period.

France is still the leader of imports, with 42.6% of the market share, followed by Australia and Chile. Those three countries account for 77.3% of the market.

During the same period, China also imported 7.93 million litres of sparkling wines (US$40 million) up 4.07% in volume and 27.63% in value year-on-year.

Bulk wine imports grew by 18.93% in volume (94.2 million litres) and 33% by value (US$79.2 million) from January to July this year, compared to the same period last year.