The dramatic drop in Australian wine exports to China in the December-March period due to high tariffs, opens market opportunities for other wine countries. For example, according to reports from China Customs, France has now taken the top spot of wine importing countries in China, replacing Australia, which had occupied this position since 2019.
According to the report, French wine has increased by 16 percent in the Chinese market in the first three months of the year, with 27.1 million litres purchased.
In second place is now Chile, whose volume grew by 23 percent to 15.8 million litres. Spain is in third place with 10.6 million litres.
Australia's second largest wine group, Accolade, has already announced that in the future it will rely more on its brands from other countries, such as Chile, in order to maintain its presence in China. aw