Cognac

Cognac

French exports of wine and spirits worldwide saw large increases in both volume and value in 2015, and the United States was at the top of the list.

Total worldwide French wine and spirit exports increased by nearly 9 percent in value last year, with a whopping 28% increase in exports to the United States, equaling a total of 2.6 billion euros being sent across the Atlantic to the US. This is the first time that wine and spirit exports to the United States topped 2.5 million euros. The other top five destinations were the United Kingdom, Germany, China and Singapore.

Wine exports to the United States from France grew to 12.7 million cases to the United States, an increase of 9.6% from the previous year. When it comes to French wine, Americans have expensive taste: The US ranked 5th worldwide in number of cases exported, but was number 1 in terms of value. The value of French wines exported to the United States, which is the world’s number one consumer of wines, increased 24.5% for a total of 1.3 billion euros in wine exports.

A village with vineyards in Champagne, France

A village with vineyards in Champagne, France

A similar situation happened in exports of spirits like Cognac to the US. While the volume of exports to the American market stayed flat at 13.3 million cases, the value of those cases increased an impressive 32% to 1.2 billion euros.

A number of wines and spirits that have protected designation or origin status or protections of geographic indication also had quite good scores as well. Val de Loire rouge and rosé saw 9.6% growth in value and Languedoc Roussilon rouge and rosé saw 8% growth. Most impressively, Provence rouge and rosé wines with protected status saw impressive 43% growth in value and 31% growth in volume.

Exports of wine and spirits reached record levels, which is explained in large part by the extremely good results in exports to the United States, particularly of items with high added value like Cognac and Champagne – which together represent 75% of the increase from 2014 to 2015.

This historic level of exports in 2015 shows that the world – and particularly the United States – loves French wine and spirits. The 188 million cases of wines and spirits and 11.7 billion euros in exports is proof of it.