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China’s top 10 wine importing countries in 2020

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. 3 Chile

Chilean flag (pic: file photo)
Chilean flag (pic: file photo)

Chile came in as China’s third biggest wine supplier. In 2020, wines valued at 197 million euros from the south American country were destined to China, a drop of 37% compared with 2019.

Aside from exporting its Cabernet, Carménère and Bordeaux blend reds to China, Chile is a major bulk wine supplier to the country as well. It is also a favorite new world destination for Chinese wine investment. Chinese baijiu producer Yanghe purchased Viña San Pedro, and China’s oldest and biggest wine company Changyu pioneer bought three vineyards.

The decline is in line with China’s overall downward trend. It remains to be seen if Chile will get its mojo back this year.

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

  1. I think that your info on San Pedro is not accurate
    No news about being sold
    Please clarify

  2. vdonatiello

    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 …..

    • Hi, the data is from Chinese customs and it includes bottled and bulk wines.

      • vdonatiello

        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

      • vdonatiello

        Hi Natalie, i hope i am not abusing of your expertise … while i was looking for data on China import of bottled wine (below 2 litre) i used to check this site [ ] but seems it has not updates … maybe u are aware of some other source …

  3. Kevin Wilson

    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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