Million Bottle Wine Club | Who made the cut in China?

By Jim Boyce | It’s time for the annual roll call of Million Bottle Wine Club members. This year’s list includes 17 nations that saw at least a million bottles of still wine go through China Customs in 2016. We have one newcomer, Russia, while a surging Ukraine fell just 25,000 bottles short and, with continued momentum, will be in the club next year. Here are the 17 members, followed by those who qualified for the Million Dollar Wine Club

MILLION BOTTLE WINE CLUB

250 million+ bottles
France

100 million+
Australia

50 million+
Spain
Chile

25 million+
Italy

10 million+
United States
South Africa

5 million+
Portugal
Argentina
Germany

2.5 million+
Moldova
Georgia
New Zealand

1 million+
Canada
Hungary
Romania
Russia

The list for the Million Dollar Wine Club, is a wee bit longer. Last year, 22 nations saw at least USD1 million in declared wine in China Customs. France narrowly missed being the first Billion Dollar Wine Club member, falling just 30 million short, while Australia inched over the half-billion line. Russia, Ukraine and Macedonia are all new members to the club.

MILLION DOLLAR WINE CLUB

500 million+ USD
France
Australia

100 million+
Chile
Spain
Italy

50 million+
United States

25 million+
South Africa

10 million+
Argentina
New Zealand
Portugal
Germany
Georgia

5 million+
Canada
Moldova

2.5 million+
Hungary
Romania

1 million+
Austria
Bulgaria
Russia
Macedonia
Ukraine
Montenegro

See here for comments and stats re the top ten sources of imported wine in China, here for 2015 and 2014 Million Bottle Club members and here for 2015 Million Dollar Club members.


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