Exports of wine exceeded $1 billion in 2008, according to new figures from the Wine Institute, a trade group representing California's wineries. The exact dollar amount is $1,008,259,000, and marks the first time wine exports have surpassed $1 billion, and represents a 6 percent increase from 2007. Note that 90 percent of these exports are California wines.
55 million cases of wine were shipped in 2008, representing some 130 million gallons, and is an eight percent increase over the previous year. Shipments to the European Union account for almost half these exports, followed by Canada, Japan, Hong Kong and Mexico. The hot growth market for 2008 was China, where exports increased 34 percent.