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California Wine Exports Continue to Grow

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(Sacramento, CA)
Friday, February 22, 2013

U.S. winemakers earned more than $1.4 billion from exports in 2012.  The San Francisco based Wine Institute reports that's almost 3 percent more than in 2011. 

Gladys Horiuchi from the Wine Institute says exports may go even higher this year based on demand.

HORIUCHIi: "Things are in balance, I think we could have sold more wine so it is encouraging that this seems to be an industry that continues to grow."

Ninety percent of the exports come from California.

Bill Rogan of the Van Ruiten Winery says the Lodi appellation is gaining ground in the export market.

ROGAN: "We have had emails and people call us and want to see the facility and talk to us from Holland, from Sweden, from Portugal, I think it's a great opportunity for the United States and California in general to be selling wine over there."

The biggest market for U.S. wines is Europe followed by Canada, and sales in China and South Korea have jumped considerably.

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