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Bourgogne export volumes grow by 4%

Published:  01 October, 2018

Bourgogne wines saw exports grow by 4% in volume for the first seven months of 2018, compared to the same period in 2017, according to the Bureau Interprofessionnel des Vins de Bourgogne (BIVB).

The Bourgogne region was among three leading French AOC regions that showed growth, said the BIVB.

In terms of revenue, total receipts hit €532 million for the first seven months of 2018 - up 7.6% on 2017.

This was generated by 51% by white wines, 46% by red wines, and 3% by Crémant de Bourgogne sparkling wines.

However, it revealed that some white wine areas suffered adverse weather, which impacted the overall available stock.

The volume of white wine exports in the first seven months of 2018 was below the 10-year average - down 2%.

Chablis wines were also impacted by climate incidents in both 2017 and 2016, and also reported exports down by 3.2% by volume in the first seven months of 2018 compared to 2017.

Excluding Chablis, the total number of bottles of Bourgogne wine exported rose by 2.2 million - up 6.5% on the first seven months of 2017.

BIVB said exports of Bourgogne wines to North America showed strong growth, up 8.8% by volume over the first seven months in 2017. Revenue was also up by €12 million, an 8.5% rise, owing some of its performance to the favourable euro/dollar exchange rate, it said.

Volumes exported to the USA were up by 6.2% on the first seven months of 2017 (22% of total exports by volume), to more than 10 million bottles in the period. In the first seven months of 2018, the US accounted for 24% of export revenue from Bourgogne wines compared to 17% in 2009.

Revenue from Bourgogne wines in Canada were up 16%, driven by red wines (up 29.4%), during the first seven months of 2018. 

Total revenue from Bourgogne wines in the three main Asian markets (Japan, China, and Hong Kong) was up for the first seven months of 2018, for the fifth consecutive year, resulting in a 41.6% rise over the equivalent period in 2014.

However, BIVB said that the UK was still being overshadowed by Brexit notably due to the weak value of sterling opposite the euro.

Exports of Bourgogne wines managed to maintain stability in terms of revenue (down 0.3% on the first seven months of 2017) but the overall volume exported was down 6%, largely down to the issue of Chablis.

Regionally there were also variations in wine sales.

Shipments of white wines were up 7.8% in the 11 months from 1 August 2017 to 30 June 2018, compared to the same period in 2019. However, compared to the 10-year average these were down overall by 1%.

Régionale Bourgogne appellations were up 18.8% on the 11 months of 2016-2017, and up 5.5% on the 10-year average. Régionale Mâconnais appellations were up 7% on 2016-2017, and up 9.2% on the 10-year average while
 Côte Chalonnaise shipments were stable, up 0.6% on 2016-2017, but rose 6.7% on the 10-year average.

However, volumes of Chablis dipped by 2% on the same period in 2016-2017, and tumbled 18.3% compared to the 10-year average.

Overall, red wine shipments were up 14.3% with Régionale Bourgogne appellations up by 14% on the same 11-month period in 2016-2017, and up 5.6% on the 10-year average. 

Côte Chalonnaise were up by 3.9%, Côte de Beaune and Côte de while volumes of Crémant de Bourgogne leaving estates jumped 8.2%.

BIVB said that the 2018 harvest saw good volumes and early harvesting due to favourable weather conditions.