February 21, 2013

US wine exports set record

The Associated Press

SAN FRANCISCO — New figures show U.S. wine exports grew for the third consecutive year in 2012, setting a record of $1.43 billion in revenue.

click image to enlarge

Elizabeth Richardson pours wine for a tour group at the Chateau Ste. Michelle winery in Woodinville, Wash., in this 2010 photo. Hong Kong and mainland China are developing a strong thirst for American wine and Washington and Oregon are hoping for a growing share of those markets.

AP

The San Francisco-based Wine Institute released the figures Thursday and says 90 percent of those exports were from California.

The European Union remained the top market for California wines, accounting for about 34 percent of all sales. But the state's wineries also saw significant growth in Canada and Asia.

Sales in China reached $74 million in 2012, up 18 percent from the previous year. South Korea, at $16 million, was up 26 percent.

In Canada, the second largest market for California wines, sales reached $434 million, up 14 percent.

Were you interviewed for this story? If so, please fill out our accuracy form

Send question/comment to the editors




Further Discussion

Here at PressHerald.com we value our readers and are committed to growing our community by encouraging you to add to the discussion. To ensure conscientious dialogue we have implemented a strict no-bullying policy. To participate, you must follow our Terms of Use.

Questions about the article? Add them below and we’ll try to answer them or do a follow-up post as soon as we can. Technical problems? Email them to us with an exact description of the problem. Make sure to include:
  • Type of computer or mobile device your are using
  • Exact operating system and browser you are viewing the site on (TIP: You can easily determine your operating system here.)