China’s top 10 wine importers by volume

7th June, 2017 by Natalie Wang

With China’s wine imports set to grow, we took a closer look at the country’s top wine importers that are responsible for driving up its numbers.

China is having quite the party at the moment, with the country quaffing US$15.29 billion worth of wines last year, drinking anything from its very own Changyu or Great Wall to Bordeaux, Australia and Chile or some funky orange wines from Georgia.

By 2020, China is projected to surpass the UK to become the world’s second most valuable wine market after the US, according to a report by Vinexpo and IWSR.

Last year, the country imported 638 million litres of wines worth about US$2.364 billion. But who are these bigger players supplying the market?

We take a close look at the top 10 wine importers by volume based on figures compiled from Chinese Customs, with a few lesser-known companies such as Wajiu.com and Tenwow that seem poised to take bigger shares in the market.

[Updated:] It’s worthy to note that COFCO Wine & Wine, the state-owned wine importing company was ranked No. 19 on the list with 1.8 million litres for 2016. According to Aline Bao, fine wine purchasing director of the company, the apparent low ranking was due to the fact that COFCO uses a logistics company called C&D for the bulk of their importing in China, which in the Chinese Customs list was discounted as it’s a logistics company. The company claims it has imported about six million litres of wines in 2016 through its own channel and C&D Shanghai.

2 Responses to “China’s top 10 wine importers by volume”

  1. Sue Holmes says:

    ASC was only number 4 on the list last year… C&D were at the top again, by a long margin! Summergate at 22 and Torres at 29.

  2. Richard Bampfield says:

    I’m confused. What about COFCO?

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