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Japan’s Top 10 Wine Exporters in February 2022

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Japan continues to see more entry of imported wines this year with the February record seeing a 14% year on year increase.

Data culled from the Customs and Tariff Bureau of the Finance Ministry showed that imported wines in Japan grew to 15.6 billion yen or US$128 million from 13.7 billion yen (US$110 million) in February last year.

France was still its top wine exporter, which raised exports in the month by 23% to 9.8 billion yen. Wines from Chile and the United States also went up by 21% and 37%, respectively. 

Japan’s importation of Italian wines dwindled, down by 36% year on year to 1.2 billion yen. It still remains the third biggest wine import in the country on a year-to-date basis, albeit its value also saw a decline of 21% over the same period last year.  

There was a slight increase in the value of Spanish wines in February, climbing to about 830 million yen. Exporters from Australia brought 27% more wines to Japan compared in the same month in the previous year.

German wines saw a 92% rise in the country to a value worth 140 million yen while New Zealand wines grew by 14% to 128 million yen. 

Wines from South Africa more than doubled in value to reach 86 million yen. Portuguese wines also rose by 33% to around 79 million yen.

By category, imported sparkling wines increased by 5% to 6.3 billion yen while imported bottles of more than 2 liters but less than 10L went up 40% to 206 million yen. Fortified wines declined by 5% to 22 million yen. 

In the first two months of the year, total imported wines to Japan hit 31.5 billion yen (US$260 million) in value, rising by 27%.

Japans’ Top 10 Wine Exporters in February 2022 vs 2021

Rank Country Value in 2022 Value in 2021 % Change
1 France 9,796,825,000 yen 7,984,952,000 yen +23%
2 Chile 1,593,603,000 yen 1,319,704,000 yen +21%
3 United States 1,279,783,000 yen 930,941,000 yen +37%
4 Italy 1,231,830,000 yen 1,924,954,000 yen -36%
5 Spain 831,542,000 yen 826,642,000 yen +1%
6 Australia 321,788,000 yen 254,082,000 yen +27%
7 Germany 142,753,000 yen 74,543,000 yen +92%
8 New Zealand 128,269,000 yen 112,365,000 yen +14%
9 South Africa 86,394,000 yen 40,142,000 yen +115%
10 Portugal 78,830,000 yen 59,291,000 yen +33%
Total 15,676,150,000 yen 13,715,713,000 yen +14%
Source: Japan Customs

Wine Categories in February 2022 vs 2021

Bottled Wine Size Value in 2022 Value in 2021 % Change
Sparkling 6,313,229,000 yen 6,027,815,000 yen +5%
Fortified 22,153,000 yen 23,397,000 yen -5%
More than 2L but less than 10L 206,516,000 yen 147,705,000 yen +40%
Source: Japan Customs

Japans’ Top 10 Wine Exporters YTD 2022 vs 2021

Rank Country Value in 2022 Value in 2021 % Change
1 France 19,051,628,000 yen 14,108,327,000 yen +35%
2 Chile 3,618,579,000 yen 2,603,930,000 yen +40%
3 Italy 2,646,959,000 yen 3,352,732,000 yen -21%
4 United States 2,479,407,000 yen 1,681,109,000 yen +48%
5 Spain 1,813,518,000 yen 1,606,389,000 yen +13%
6 Australia 841,215,000 yen 552,804,000 yen +52%
7 Germany 248,335,000 yen 151,741,000 yen +64%
8 New Zealand 175,675,000 yen 155,936,000 yen +13%
9 South Africa 128,609,000 yen 101,132,000 yen +27%
10 Portugal 120,668,000 yen 106,188,000 yen +14%
Total 31,501,009,000 yen 24,806,414,000 yen +27%
Source: Japan Customs

Wine Categories YTD 2022 vs 2021

Bottled Wine Size Value in 2022 Value in 2021 % Change
Sparkling 13,199,930,000 yen 10,261,951,000 yen +29%
Fortified 47,958,000 yen 57,183,000 yen -16%
More than 2L but less than 10L 493,702,000 yen 314,814,000 yen +57%
Source: Japan Customs

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