Top Wine Importing Countries

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Global purchases of imported wine totaled US$37.9 billion in 2018. Overall, the value of wine imports for all importing countries rose by an average 6.1% since 2014 when wine purchases were valued at $35.8 billion. Year over year, international purchases of wine expanded by 6% from 2017 to 2018.

From a continental perspective, European countries bought the highest dollar worth of imported wine during 2018 with a cost of $18.9 billion or 49.8% of the global total. In second place were North American importers at 23% while 21.3% of worldwide wine imports were delivered to customers in Asia.

Smaller percentages were delivered to Latin America (2.21%) excluding Mexico but including the Caribbean, Oceania (2.17%) led by Australia, and Africa (1.3%).

The 4-digit Harmonized Tariff System code prefix for wine is 2204.

Top Wine Importing Countries

Top 15

Below are the 15 countries that imported the highest dollar value worth of wine during 2018. Within parenthesis is the percentage of worldwide imported wine.

  1. United States: US$6.5 billion (17% of total wine imports)
  2. United Kingdom: $4.4 billion (11.5%)
  3. Germany: $3.1 billion (8.2%)
  4. China: $2.9 billion (7.5%)
  5. Canada: $2 billion (5.3%)
  6. Japan: $1.7 billion (4.4%)
  7. Hong Kong: $1.5 billion (4.1%)
  8. Netherlands: $1.4 billion (3.6%)
  9. Switzerland: $1.2 billion (3.2%)
  10. Belgium: $1.2 billion (3%)
  11. France: $1.1 billion (3%)
  12. Russia: $1.1 billion (2.8%)
  13. Sweden: $782.7 million (2.1%)
  14. Denmark: $742 million (2%)
  15. Singapore: $659 million (1.7%)

By value, the listed 15 countries purchased 79.4% of all wine imports in 2018.

Among the above countries, the fastest-growing markets for wine since 2014 were: China (up 88%), Hong Kong (up 41.2%), France (up 36.2%) and United States (up 15.3%).

Those countries that posted declines in their imported wine purchases were led by: United Kingdom (down -13.6%), Belgium (down -12.8%), Germany (down -9.5%) and Russia (down -8%).

USA

Wine Imports into America

America’s global purchases of imported wine totaled US$6.5 billion in 2018. Within parenthesis is the percentage change in value for each supplying country since 2014.

  1. France: US$2.16 billion (up 38.9% from 2014)
  2. Italy: $2.07 billion (up 17%)
  3. New Zealand: $456.6 million (up 34.4%)
  4. Australia: $386.7 million (down -19.4%)
  5. Spain: $383.6 million (up 6.3%)
  6. Argentina: $299.1 million (down -20.1%)
  7. Chile: $257.7 million (down -19.9%)
  8. Portugal: $115.8 million (up 23.3%)
  9. Germany: $103.5 million (down -15.8%)
  10. South Africa: $53.8 million (down -1.3%)
  11. Canada: $40.3 million (up 15%)
  12. Israel: $29.3 million (up 36.8%)
  13. Austria: $21.7 million (up 45.8%)
  14. United Kingdom: $16.3 million (up 194.2%)
  15. Greece: $15.4 million (up 28%)

The listed 15 countries shipped 99.3% of all American wine imports in 2018.

Among the above countries, the fastest-growing suppliers of wine to America since 2014 were: United Kingdom (up 194.2%), Austria (up 45.8%), France (up 38.9%) and Israel (up 36.8%).

Countries that experienced declines in the value of their wine supplied to American importers included: Argentina (down -20.1%), Chile (down -19.9%), Australia (down -19.4%) and Germany (down -15.8%).

Overall, the value of American wine imports rose by an average 15.3% from all supplying countries since 2014 when wine purchases were valued at $5.6 billion.

UK

Wine Imports into the United Kingdom

United Kingdom’s global purchases of imported wine totaled US$4.4 billion in 2018. Within parenthesis is the percentage change in value for each supplying country since 2014.

  1. France: US$1.3 billion (down -22.7% from 2014)
  2. Italy: $939 million (down -0.02%)
  3. Australia: $336.7 million (down -19.6%)
  4. Spain: $326.9 million (down -20.7%)
  5. New Zealand: $319 million (down -1.2%)
  6. Chile: $247.9 million (down -13%)
  7. United States: $227.3 million (down -3.7%)
  8. Germany: $179.8 million (down -24.6%)
  9. South Africa: $155.4 million (down -11.2%)
  10. Argentina: $107.5 million (up 40.7%)
  11. Portugal: $75.4 million (down -27.5%)
  12. Belgium: $20.1 million (down -20%)
  13. Hungary: $15.3 million (up 12.4%)
  14. Denmark: $13.7 million (up 64.5%)
  15. Netherlands: $13.6 million (down -20.5%)

The listed 15 countries shipped 99% of all UK wine imports in 2018.

Among the above countries, the fastest-growing suppliers of wine to United Kingdom since 2014 were: Denmark (up 64.5%), Argentina (up 40.7%), Hungary (up 12.4%) and Italy (down -0.02%).

Countries that experienced declines in the value of their wine supplied to UK importers included: Portugal (down -27.5%), Germany (down -24.6%), France (down -22.7%) and Spain (down -20.7%).

Overall, the value of UK wine imports retreated by an average -13.6% from all supplying countries since 2014 when wine purchases were valued at $5 billion.

Germany

Wine Imports into Germany

Germany’s global purchases of imported wine totaled US$3.1 billion in 2018. Within parenthesis is the percentage change in value for each supplying country since 2014.

  1. Italy: US$1.1 billion (down -6.2% from 2014)
  2. France: $826.5 million (down -19.6%)
  3. Spain: $505.9 million (up 0.7%)
  4. South Africa: $119.4 million (up 3.1%)
  5. United States: $84.4 million (down -34.2%)
  6. Austria: $81.7 million (down -1.4%)
  7. Chile: $70.1 million (down -24.3%)
  8. Australia: $69.8 million (up 0.9%)
  9. Portugal: $56.7 million (up 1.4%)
  10. New Zealand: $37.9 million (up 111.5%)
  11. Greece: $27.3 million (down -14.5%)
  12. Hungary: $22.2 million (up 27.2%)
  13. Argentina: $20.9 million (up 0.5%)
  14. North Macedonia: $13.4 million (down -41.6%)
  15. Romania: $5.2 million (up 176.1%)

The listed 15 countries shipped 99.2% of all German wine imports in 2018.

Among the above countries, the fastest-growing suppliers of wine to Germany since 2014 were: Romania (up 176.1%), New Zealand (up 111.5%), Hungary (up 27.2%) and South Africa (up 3.1%).

Countries that experienced declines in the value of their wine supplied to German importers included: North Macedonia (down -41.6%), United States (down -34.2%), Chile (down -24.3%) and France (down -19.6%).

Overall, the value of German wine imports shrank by an average -9.5% from all supplying countries since 2014 when wine purchases were valued at $3.4 billion.

China

Wine Imports into China

China’s global purchases of imported wine totaled US$2.9 billion in 2018. Within parenthesis is the percentage change in value for each supplying country since 2014.

  1. France: US$1.1 billion (up 61.4% from 2014)
  2. Australia: $780.9 million (up 204.5%)
  3. Chile: $376.2 million (up 125.7%)
  4. Spain: $169.4 million (up 52.8%)
  5. Italy: $168.8 million (up 61.9%)
  6. United States: $75.8 million (up 4.1%)
  7. South Africa: $35.6 million (up 50.6%)
  8. New Zealand: $28.9 million (up 18.9%)
  9. Argentina: $26.2 million (up 45.5%)
  10. Germany: $26 million (up 19.4%)
  11. Portugal: $25.2 million (up 71.4%)
  12. Georgia: $19 million (up 327.5%)
  13. Canada: $11.5 million (up 8.2%)
  14. Moldova: $11.4 million (up 167.7%)
  15. Hungary: $6.6 million (up 68.3%)

By value, the listed 15 countries shipped 99.1% of all Chinese wine imports in 2017.
The listed 15 countries shipped 99.1% of all Chinese wine imports in 2018.

Among the above countries, the fastest-growing suppliers of wine to China since 2014 were: Georgia (up 327.5%), Australia (up 204.5%), Moldova (up 167.7%) and Chile (up 125.7%).

Overall, the value of Chinese wine imports accelerated by an average 88% from all supplying countries since 2014 when wine purchases were valued at $1.5 billion.



 

Searchable List of Wine Importing Countries in 2018

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RankImporterWine Imports%World Total
1.United States$6.5 billion17%
2.United Kingdom$4.4 billion11.5%
3.Germany$3.1 billion8.2%
4.China$2.9 billion7.5%
5.Canada$2 billion5.3%
6.Japan$1.7 billion4.4%
7.Hong Kong$1.5 billion4.1%
8.Netherlands$1.4 billion3.6%
9.Switzerland$1.2 billion3.2%
10.Belgium$1.2 billion3%
11.France$1.1 billion3%
12.Russia$1.1 billion2.8%
13.Sweden$782.7 million2.1%
14.Denmark$742 million2%
15.Singapore$659 million1.7%
16.Australia$622.3 million1.6%
17.Norway$439.8 million1.2%
18.Italy$407.9 million1.1%
19.Brazil$375.6 million1%
20.Poland$353.7 million0.9%
21.Ireland$323.9 million0.9%
22.Mexico$271.8 million0.7%
23.Finland$263.6 million0.7%
24.Czech Republic$256.7 million0.7%
25.Spain$256.4 million0.7%
26.Austria$256.1 million0.7%
27.Lithuania$245.5 million0.6%
28.South Korea$244 million0.6%
29.Taiwan$214.9 million0.6%
30.United Arab Emirates$214.3 million0.6%
31.Portugal$184.3 million0.5%
32.New Zealand$143.2 million0.4%
33.Luxembourg$132.3 million0.3%
34.Ukraine$125.3 million0.3%
35.Latvia$108.5 million0.3%
36.Malaysia$101.4 million0.3%
37.Slovakia$89.4 million0.2%
38.Vietnam$88 million0.2%
39.Estonia$87 million0.2%
40.Macao$76.1 million0.2%
41.Romania$74.4 million0.2%
42.Thailand$72.3 million0.2%
43.Belarus$59 million0.2%
44.Angola$58.7 million0.2%
45.Colombia$57.2 million0.2%
46.Dominican Republic$52 million0.1%
47.Paraguay$51.7 million0.1%
48.South Africa$50 million0.1%
49.Greece$49.8 million0.1%
50.Panama$44.3 million0.1%
51.Kazakhstan$41.7 million0.1%
52.Ivory Coast$41.6 million0.1%
53.Israel$40.8 million0.1%
54.Namibia$40 million0.1%
55.Peru$38 million0.1%
56.Philippines$36.6 million0.1%
57.Croatia$36.2 million0.1%
58.Serbia$31.6 million0.1%
59.Cyprus$31.2 million0.1%
60.Morocco$29.2 million0.1%
61.Cambodia$28.9 million0.1%
62.Costa Rica$27.6 million0.1%
63.Myanmar (Burma)$27.5 million0.1%
64.India$27.2 million0.1%
65.Iceland$26.1 million0.1%
66.Bulgaria$23.4 million0.1%
67.Cameroon$22.8 million0.1%
68.Malta$22.7 million0.1%
69.Ecuador$21.9 million0.1%
70.New Caledonia$20.5 million0.1%
71.Togo$19.7 million0.1%
72.Qatar$19.4 million0.1%
73.Bahamas$19.1 million0.1%
74.Indonesia$18.6 million0.05%
75.Mauritius$18.5 million0.05%
76.Hungary$18.5 million0.05%
77.Kenya$18.3 million0.05%
78.Bosnia/Herzegovina$18.2 million0.05%
79.Andorra$17.6 million0.05%
80.Slovenia$17.5 million0.05%
81.Benin$16.4 million0.04%
82.Bermuda$15 million0.04%
83.Lebanon$14.2 million0.04%
84.French Polynesia$13.1 million0.03%
85.Uruguay$12.9 million0.03%
86.Gabon$12.7 million0.03%
87.Cuba$12.6 million0.03%
88.Cayman Islands$12.5 million0.03%
89.Albania$12.4 million0.03%
90.Algeria$12 million0.03%
91.Mozambique$11.7 million0.03%
92.Democr. Rep. Congo$11.6 million0.03%
93.Equatorial Guinea$11.2 million0.03%
94.Chile$11.1 million0.03%
95.Guatemala$11 million0.03%
96.Barbados$11 million0.03%
97.Curaçao$10.9 million0.03%
98.Papua New Guinea$10.4 million0.03%
99.Jamaica$10.2 million0.03%
100.Botswana$9.7 million0.03%
101.Maldives$9.6 million0.03%
102.Aruba$9.6 million0.03%
103.Montenegro$8.8 million0.02%
104.Turkey$8.8 million0.02%
105.Congo$8.4 million0.02%
106.Senegal$8.1 million0.02%
107.Fiji$8 million0.02%
108.Sri Lanka$7.6 million0.02%
109.Argentina$7.3 million0.02%
110.Ghana$6.8 million0.02%
111.Guinea-Bissau$6.7 million0.02%
112.Seychelles$6.5 million0.02%
113.Mongolia$6 million0.02%
114.Trinidad/Tobago$5.9 million0.02%
115.Cabo Verde$5.6 million0.01%
116.Azerbaijan$5.6 million0.01%
117.Eswatini$5.5 million0.01%
118.El Salvador$5.5 million0.01%
119.Zimbabwe$5.4 million0.01%
120.Turks/Caicos Islands$5.3 million0.01%
121.Laos$5.1 million0.01%
122.Tanzania$5 million0.01%
123.Nigeria$4.9 million0.01%
124.Iraq$4.8 million0.01%
125.Uganda$4.7 million0.01%
126.Zambia$4.7 million0.01%
127.Saint Lucia$4.7 million0.01%
128.Honduras$4 million0.01%
129.Sao Tome/Principe$3.9 million0.01%
130.Antigua/Barbuda$3.7 million0.01%
131.Bahrain$3.7 million0.01%
132.Burkina Faso$3.7 million0.01%
133.Lesotho$3.6 million0.01%
134.Georgia$3.4 million0.01%
135.Venezuela$3.4 million0.01%
136.Ethiopia$3.3 million0.01%
137.Haiti$3.1 million0.01%
138.Kyrgyzstan$3 million0.01%
139.Moldova$2.9 million0.01%
140.Gibraltar$2.8 million0.01%
141.Greenland$2.8 million0.01%
142.British Virgin Islands$2.7 million0.01%
143.Faroe Islands$2.7 million0.01%
144.Bolivia$2.6 million0.01%
145.Uzbekistan$2.6 million0.01%
146.Malawi$2.5 million0.01%
147.Belize$2.4 million0.01%
148.Oman$2.4 million0.01%
149.Nicaragua$2.2 million0.01%
150.Madagascar$2.1 million0.01%
151.Jordan$2 million0.01%
152.US Minor Outlying Is$1.9 million0.01%
153.Mali$1.9 million0.005%
154.Rwanda$1.8 million0.005%
155.Suriname$1.8 million0.005%
156.Nepal$1.7 million0.005%
157.Guinea$1.7 million0.004%
158.Sierra Leone$1.7 million0.004%
159.Vanuatu$1.6 million0.004%
160.Armenia$1.5 million0.004%
161.Grenada$1.5 million0.004%
162.Saudi Arabia$1.5 million0.004%
163.Cook Islands$1.4 million0.004%
164.St Vincent/Grenadines$1.3 million0.003%
165.Timor-Leste$1.2 million0.003%
166.St. Pierre/Miquelon$1.2 million0.003%
167.Tunisia$926,0000.002%
168.Turkmenistan$912,0000.002%
169.Liberia$911,0000.002%
170.Burundi$876,0000.002%
171.Bonaire/St Eustatius/Saba$862,0000.002%
172.Chad$818,0000.002%
173.Mauritania$776,0000.002%
174.North Korea$765,0000.002%
175.Brunei Darussalam$750,0000.002%
176.Tajikistan$734,0000.002%
177.Saint Kitts/Nevis$706,0000.002%
178.North Macedonia$682,0000.002%
179.Niger$674,0000.002%
180.Bangladesh$665,0000.002%
181.Samoa$644,0000.002%
182.Northern Mariana Is$528,0000.001%
183.Solomon Islands$526,0000.001%
184.Guyana$512,0000.001%
185.Syrian Arab Republic$486,0000.001%
186.Norfolk Island$479,0000.001%
187.Sudan$454,0000.001%
188.Tonga$448,0000.001%
189.Djibouti$418,0000.001%
190.Central African Rep$412,0000.001%
191.Iran$362,0000.001%
192.Anguilla$351,0000.001%
193.Bhutan$348,0000.001%
194.Dominica$347,0000.001%
195.Saint Helena$306,0000.001%
196.Wallis/Futuna Is$290,0000.001%
197.Comoros$259,0000.001%
198.Marshall Islands$212,0000.001%
199.Falkland Is (Malvinas)$201,0000.001%
200.French S./Antarctic Terr$113,0000.0003%
201.Pakistan$113,0000.0003%
202.Palau$111,0000.0003%
203.Christmas Island$106,0000.0003%
204.Afghanistan$101,0000.0003%
205.Sint Maarten (Dutch)$100,0000.0003%
206.Niue$96,0000.0003%
207.Kuwait$93,0000.0002%
208.Micronesia$90,0000.0002%
209.Cocos (Keeling) Islands$47,0000.0001%
210.Eritrea$47,0000.0001%
211.Tuvalu$43,0000.0001%
212.Guam$40,0000.0001%
213.Gambia$33,0000.0001%
214.Montserrat$32,0000.0001%
215.Kiribati$31,0000.0001%
216.Nauru$23,0000.0001%
217.Somalia$23,0000.0001%
218.South Sudan$11,0000.00003%
219.Libya$9,0000.00002%
220.Palestine$2,0000.00001%


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Research Sources:
The World Factbook, Field Listing: Exports – Commodities, Central Intelligence Agency. Accessed on April 28, 2019

Trade Map, International Trade Centre. Accessed on April 28, 2019

Investopedia, Net Exports Definition. Accessed on April 28, 2019