WASHINGTON, D.C. — Wine Institute issued the following statement today in response to the U.S. Trade Representative’s announcement that it would be placing new tariffs on imported wines from the European Union due to a trade dispute related to aircraft subsidies. A 25% tariff will be applied to bottled table wine from France, Spain, Germany and the United Kingdom.
“Wine Institute has always supported the fair, open and reciprocal trade of wine around the world. Consumers worldwide have embraced California wines because of our premium quality, diverse offerings and leadership in sustainability,” said Bobby Koch, Wine Institute President and CEO. “However, we are concerned that this action will lead to increased tariffs on U.S. wines and set back our efforts to continue growing U.S. wine exports.”
The EU is the largest export market for U.S. wines, reaching $469 million (€424 million) in 2018. Since the early 2000s, Wine Institute has supported the position that wine should not be targeted for retaliation in trade disputes involving products other than wine and has urged all governments to adhere to this principle. This position has not changed, and Wine Institute believes it should apply to all markets.
Wine Institute is the premier organization representing California wineries in the U.S. and around the world. With 1,000 winery and affiliated business members, Wine Institute initiates and advocates public policy that enhances the ability to responsibly produce, promote, export and enjoy wine. California represents more than 80 percent of U.S. wine production and 95 percent of U.S. wine exports.