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The United Kingdom: Bourgogne wines are back in 2020


Will Brexit impact Bourgogne wines exportations to Great Britain?

In 2019, exports of Bourgogne wines returned to growth after two years of decline. Up 8.7% by volume compared to 2018 (up 1.2 million bottles), and up 3.9% in terms of revenue compared to 2018 (up 5.5 million euros).

In 2019, Bourgogne was the leading French wine-producing region in terms of exports, with the best growth compared to the previous year. It was also the region with the best growth in terms of exports of white French AOCs.

Despite the pandemic, over the first nine months of 2020, Bourgogne continued to show strong export performance to the UK:

  •  Up 11.6% by volume (up 1.15 million bottles)
  •  Up 1.3% in terms of revenue (up 1.3 million euros compared to the first nine months of 2019)

Almost all Bourgogne appellations profited from this growth, but the big winners were white wines, and Régionale Mâcon AOCs in particular, which showed a rise of 19% compared the first nine months of 2019 (up 615,000 bottles). The Chablis and Petit Chablis AOCs were in second place, up 11.3% by volume (up 279,000 bottles).

One should note that in terms of volumes exported, the UK has been hot on the heels of the USA, the leading export market for Bourgogne wines for many years.


New export rules linked to Brexit will be applied from 1 July 2021. This respite for wine exporters suggests that 2020 could finish on a high note. With the arrival of the splendid 2019 vintage, the first half of 2021 should follow a similar trend. But, nobody can predict how the new export rules that will follow Brexit will impact the wine market.

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Full year 2019 results as a reminder

Second biggest market by volume and in terms of revenue for Bourgogne wines

Exports: 14.9 million bottles (up 8.7% over 2018), for 146 million euros (up 3.9% over 2018). By volume:

  • Still white wines: 83%
  • Still red/rosé wines: 14%
  • Crémant de Bourgogne: 3%

In 2019, Bourgogne wines accounted for 12% of the volume of French AOCs exported to the United Kingdom for 14% of revenue in this category.

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