Exports of wine from the US jumped by 16% last year, show official facts that offer a boost to California's winemakers facing their worst drought in memory.
US wine exports, of which California represents 90%, jumped by 16.4% in 2013 to reach a confirmation $1.55bn, representing the fourth year of consecutive progression. In number terms, exports rose by 7.5% to 48.4m nine-litre suitcases, driven by stronger demand from the European Union, Canada, Mexico and China.That means California now exports a fifth of its wine annually on average, said Robert Koch, president of the California-based Wine Institute, which released the facts.'We are on footstep to reach our goal of $2bn in exports by 2020,' he said, highlighting the large and much-anticipated 2012 and 2013 California vintages subdue to be released.Some producers may come to need the extra number as concerns grow about the ramifications of a severe drought across the so-called sunshine state. '2014 is going to
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