China wine imports (pic: iStock)

Wine imports in China are dropping (pic: istock image)

China's top 10 wine importing countries in 2020 have been revealed. All experienced downturns as expected except one country. Find out who they are.

No. 9 New Zealand

New Zealand's flag (pic: file photo)
New Zealand’s flag (pic: file photo)

New Zealand ranked as China’s 9th biggest wine supplier, with 16 million euros worth of wines shipped to the country last year during the pandemic, down by 14%.

Beyond its Sauvignon Blanc, the island country is known for crafting cool-climate Pinot Noir.

New Zealand and China have established Free Trade Agreement but its wines never achieved the kind of success enjoyed by its neighbor – Australia.

But earlier this year, the two countries signed an agreement to upgrade its bilateral FTA agreement to further boost trade. Will New Zealand see a late surge in China market? It remains to be seen.

7 thoughts on “China’s top 10 wine importing countries in 2020

  1. Dear Natalie, thanks for your article … if possible could you mention the source of your data (value of China import for each country and if the number related only to below 2 litre bottled wine or wine category as whole thus including bulk …..

      1. Hi Natalie, thanks for fast reply … by chance do you have access to data for bottled wine (without bulk and sparkling) … before i remember CAWS publishes … many thanks indeed

  2. Thanks Natalie, this is fascinating reading, and it will be very interesting as to how the market in China for imported wines changes in the next 2 to 3 years.

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