SOUTH KOREA'S WINE IMPORTS HIT ALL TIME HIGH IN 2020 LED BY CHILE AND FRANCE
By Susan Lewis
Credit: David Mathews
South Korea’s wine imports hit all time high in 2020 as more people enjoyed drinking and partying at home due to the coronavirus pandemic, according to data released by Korea Customs Service today.
South Korea imported USD239 million worth of wines in January to November last year, much higher than the USD204m for the whole of 2019, according to the data.
If the numbers for December are included, last year’s value of wine imports will far exceed the previous year’s total.
Excluding numbers for December, last year’s figure was already more than double the USD113m recorded in 2011, indicating fast growths in a decade.
Chile was the top exporter of red wine to South Korea last year, followed by France, the United States, Italy and Spain.
France was the largest exporter of white wine to the country, trailed by Italy, Chile, USA and New Zealand, according to the customs data.
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