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Japan’s Top 10 Wine Exporters in October 2021

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More wines came to Japan in October compared to the same month a year ago.

Data culled from the Customs and Tariff Bureau of Japan’s Finance Ministry showed that the country received 17.7 billion yen (US$156 million) worth of wines, a 5% increase over last year.

France remained its top exporter who brought 2% more wine in the month to a value of 10.9 billion yen.

Italian wines grew by 32% to 2 billion yen while Chilean wines dwindled by 5% to 1.2 billion yen.

Imported wines from Spain expanded by 15%; American wines dropped by 3%; and wines from Australian exporters rose by 12%.

The country bought 23% lesser wines from Germany to around 236 million yen. Meanwhile, it more than doubled its importation of South African wines to 173 million yen.

Wine imports from New Zealand jumped by 34% while Argentinian wines faltered by 13%. 

In terms of bottled wines, there were 16% more sparkling wines in the month compared to last year. Fortified wines soared by 72% to 52 million yen while wines in containers over 2 liters but less than 10 liters fell by 19%. 

Year to date, Japan imported around 152 billion yen (US$1.3 billion) worth of wine from overseas sources, a 10% growth over the same period last year.

Japan’s Top 10 Wine Exporters in October 2021 vs 2020

Rank Country Value in 2021 Value in 2020 % Change
1 France 10,935,786,000 yen 10,704,846,000 yen +2%
2 Italy 2,078,991,000 yen 15,699,23,000 yen +32%
3 Chile 1,238,007,000 yen 1,308,990,000 yen -5%
4 Spain 1,155,595,000 yen 1,008,475,000 yen +15%
5 United States 1,097,942,000 yen 1,128,147,000 yen -3%
6 Australia 487,456,000 yen 434,602,000 yen +12%
7 Germany 235,690,000 yen 304,176,000 yen -23%
8 South Africa 173,037,000 yen 82,033,000 yen +111%
9 New Zealand 159,574,000 yen 118,733,000 yen +34%
10 Argentina 76,463,000 yen 87,833,000 yen -13%
Total 17,774,645,000 yen 16,919,972,000 yen +5%
Source: Japan Customs

Bottled Wine Categories in October 2021 vs 2020

Wine Category Value in 2021 Value in 2020 % Change
Sparkling 7,858,608,000 yen 6,764,903,000 yen +16%
Fortified 51,884,000 yen 30,148,000 yen +72%
Over 2L but less than 10L 221,181,000 yen 271,653,000 yen -19%
Source: Japan Customs

Japan’s Top 10 Wine Exporters YTD 2021 vs 2020

Rank Country Value in 2021 Value in 2020 % Change
1 France 89,019,751,000 yen 74,243,290,000 yen +20%
2 Italy 18,493,858,000 yen 16,360,993,000 yen +13%
3 Chile 12,428,107,000 yen 16,960,557,000 yen -27%
4 Spain 10,894,338,000 yen 9,537,181,000 yen +14%
5 United States 10,410,571,000 yen 10,934,943,000 yen -5%
6 Australia 3,772,859,000 yen 3,538,820,000 yen +7%
7 Germany 1,763,979,000 yen 1,434,374,000 yen +23%
8 New Zealand 994,909,000 yen 1,009,850,000 yen -1%
9 South Africa 920,283,000 yen 850,011,000 yen +8%
10 Argentina 787,873,000 yen 985,367,000 yen -20%
Total 151,679,980,000 yen 137,822,230,000 yen +10%
Source: Japan Customs

Bottled Wine Categories YTD 2021 vs 2020

Wine Category Value in 2021 Value in 2020 % Change
Sparkling 58,729,110,000 yen 47,342,768,000 yen +24%
Fortified 397,526,000 yen 455,218,000 yen -13%
Over 2L but less than 10L 2,160,464,000 yen 2,076,814,000 yen +4%
Source: Japan Customs

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