China’s wine production drops for fourth consecutive year
China’s wine production fell for the fourth year in a row to 11.37 million hectolitres – a 1% drop from 2015 – the latest figures compiled by a Chinese market research company have revealed.
During last year, wine production peaked in December with 1.33 million hectolitres, but still it was close to a 3% decrease compared with the same month in 2015, according to ASKCI.com. China was ranked as the sixth largest wine producing country by QIV.
As reported earlier by dbHK, major wine-making regions in China including Ningxia, Xinjiang, Shandong, Hebei provinces all reported various degrees of production loss due to adverse weathers and local farmers’ replanting of vines with other crops.
Ningxia, a premium wine region in northwestern China for instance, was forecast to drop by 5% in production compared with 2015, although no official figures have been released yet.
Meanwhile, the country’s wine imports continued to grow in both volume and value in 2016. It imported 638 million litres of wine worth US$2.3 billion from January to December last year.