No. 2 France
About 447 million euros of French wines were shipped to China last year, about 27% of China’s overall wine imports. This however represents a 29% year-on-year drop.
After China announced punitive tariffs on Australian wine, this prompted importers to quickly look for substitutes. Many without surprise looked to France which had long been China’s top wine supplier until being overtaken by Australia in 2019.
This was confirmed by Business France. In an interview, Adrien Boussard, the wine and spirits sector spokesman for Business France, revealed French wine exports were picking up late last year, in part because of demand from China.
In 2020, French wine exports sank by 11% in value to 8.7 billion euros, due to US tariffs and Covid-19, with Champagne taking the hardest hit (-18%).