France: Wine Annual Report and Statistics
France’s CY 2014 wine production is estimated at 4.6 billion liters, 12 percent more than the previous year (4.1 billion liters), but still below the record harvest of CY 2011 (5.1 billion liters). France’s wine imports increased by 22.7 percent to 644 million liters (valued at $822 million) in 2014, mainly thanks to increased volumes from Spain (+44 percent), the leading supplier to the French wine market, accounting for 71 percent of total imports. Imports from the U.S. increased by 1 percent to 6.2 million liters valued at $48 million. Most U.S. wines sold in France are from California and include Cabernet Sauvignon, Chardonnay, Zinfandel, and Pinot Noir varieties, kosher as well as conventional, and are mainly purchased by restaurants. France’s wine exports slightly decreased by 1.4 percent to 1.4 billion liters (valued at $10.2 billion) in 2014. The United States (117 million liters valued at $1.4 billion), the United Kingdom (201 million liters valued at $1.5 billion), Germany (262 million liters valued at $1 billion), and China (126 million liters valued at $582 million) remained the leading destinations for French wines in 2014.