Local winemakers on the Greek island of Lesvos are promoting their products as far away as China, seeking a breath of fresh air from the burden of the economic crisis that has hit their island. Thousands of bottles of wine produced by local family wineries on Lesvos, have already been exported to Shanghai in recent years…Full Article: China.org.cn July 2016

Key Point

  • Starting in 2014, a winery based in Mytilene, capital of Lesbos, began participating in Shanghai wine expos. The winery exports approximately 30,000 bottles of wine to Shanghai and 20,000 bottles to California per year.

ChinaAg Comments

  • From 2011 to 2015, Chinese (incl. Hong Kong and Macau) imports of Greek wine decreased from US$2.6 million to US$1.7 million. In 2013, Chinese imports of Greek wine hit a peak of US$2.9 million.
  • In March 2014, Achaia Clauss, a famed Greek winery, was exploring the Chinese market. The winery produces 6 million liters of wine annually, with 70% of production destined for the export market (~40 countries).

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