Welcome to Wine Institute California Wine Export Program

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Our goal is to ensure the continued growth of California export sales around the world by driving momentum in current markets, expanding into new regions, and bringing more California wines and wineries into the export sales program. It is both our mission and our passion to introduce international trade, media and consumer audiences to California wines, and share our expertise about the quality, distinctive character and varied wine styles produced in diverse wine regions across the Golden State.

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Markets We Support

We provide California wineries with in-market support and strategies for exporting to more than 30 countries around the globe. Markets we actively support include Australia, Belgium, Bulgaria, Canada, China, Czech Republic, Denmark, Germany, Finland, France, Hong Kong, Iceland, India, Ireland, Israel, Japan, Macau, Malaysia, Mexico, Netherlands, Norway, the Philippines, Poland, Singapore, South Korea, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, Taiwan, the United Arab Emirates (UAE), the United Kingdom and Vietnam.

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The California Wine Institute is a key partner to Ridge on the ground all over the world. They create innovative and exciting events and tastings that allow us to showcase our wines to top sommeliers and buyers. They are a bridge to top journalists and potential importers in new markets. For more than two decades, they have helped Ridge to grow its international footprint in more than 40 countries.

David Amadia President, Ridge Vineyards
California is the 4th largest wine-producing region in the world

Our Team is here for you

Wine Institute’s experienced team of international representatives provides deep, boots-on-the-ground insights into export markets around the world. Their knowledge and support help participants in the California Wine Export Program navigate the intricacies of entering and doing business in international markets while expanding the reach of California wines worldwide.

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We are dedicated to raising the profile of California wine around the world and increasing export sales in leading international wine markets. By introducing international wine trade, media and consumers to California wines from across the state’s diverse wine regions, we strive to boost sales momentum in current markets while expanding our programs into new regions.

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Wine Institute

Wine Institute, the voice for California wine, is the only U.S. organization advocating for wine at the state, federal and international levels.

Established in 1934, Wine Institute is the public policy advocacy group of over 1,000 California wineries and affiliated businesses that initiates and advocates state, federal, and international public policy to enhance the environment for the responsible production, consumption and enjoyment of wine. The organization works to enhance the economic and environmental health of the state through its leadership in sustainable winegrowing and by showcasing California’s wine regions as ideal destinations for food and wine travelers to the state. To learn more about California wines, visit Discover California Wines.