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Wine exports grow, much of them from Modesto area. Which countries bought the most?

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Wine exports from the United States jumped 10.6% in value in 2021, reversing a four-year decline, an industry group said Monday.

The total reached $1.44 billion despite tariffs, COVID-19 and other challenges, the Wine Institute reported.

The San Francisco-based group represents California wineries, which account for about 95% of U.S. exports. Much of the volume comes from the Modesto area.

The value hit a record high of $1.61 billion in 2016, then dropped each year to $1.29 billion by 2020.

Export volume has dropped over the past decade amid a general rise in value, reaching 89.4 million gallons in 2021. This reflects a shift toward higher-priced bottles from Napa and other premium regions.

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Columnist: Central Valley wineries need us to stay afloat during pandemic closures

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The stay-at-home order in response to the Coronavirus outbreak has been tough, especially on small businesses. Family owned wineries in the Central Valley have really been hit hard. Most don’t have the production numbers or the clout to be on the supermarket shelves. They rely on tasting room fees and sales and active wine clubs to stay in business. Now, most are giving huge discounts with roadside pickups or local delivery or they are offering free shipping. Now is the time to help support the small family wineries that are right in our backyard.


If you live in or around Sacramento, check out the websites of the 13 wineries in the Clarksburg Appellation. You can find all the websites and great discounts offered by going to clarksburgwinecountry.com. Many of the wineries are located in the Old Sugar Mill which is just 15 minutes from downtown and a beautiful ride.

All the websites of the 85 wineries in the Lodi Wine Region can be found by going to lodiwines.com/wineries. You’ll be surprised at the deals being offered, the ease of ordering online and the low or no-cost shipping options.

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